No healthcare benefits from immigration bill

A landmark Senate immigration bill would let unauthorized immigrants earn a pathway to citizenship but would make no major changes to healthcare, according to a new report from the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services. While immigrants could attain legal status under the legislation, they would still be excluded from most of the Affordable Care Act reforms. Moreover, all of the immigrants remaining uninsured will continue to strain safety-net hospitals, the report noted. The report follows Health Affairs research in May that found immigrant workers bolster Medicare's finances by contributing billions more than immigrant retirees actually use in medical services. Announcement

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