Mon., Nov. 28
Who Gets Health Care?
Last month, a freshman Andover, Mass. lawmaker held up a budget bill to find out where Medicaid money is being spent in Massachusetts. Specifically, Rep. James Lyons, Jr. wanted to know how much MassHealth spends on undocumented residents. The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services released those figures: total program costs of $9.5 billion, with $93 million - roughly one percent of costs - earmarked for "immigrants who have not provided documentation of qualified status."
Today we're taking a look at these figures - the cost to taxpayers, whether there should be "fallback insurance" for every resident, immigration challenges here and across the country, and what the real-life costs would be if we didn't.