AMA Delegates Back Health Insurance Mandate


On caring for illegal immigrants, delegates voted to have AMA leadership ask that when federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Customs and Border Protection have custody of an undocumented foreign national, that they assume the cost of that person's health care instead of passing it on to the physician or hospital. The delegates asked AMA leaders to encourage public policy solutions on illegal immigration that take into consideration the financial impact of uncompensated care provided by hospitals, as well as by physicians, Medicare, and Medicaid.


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