Americans on Medicaid More Than Population of Britain, France or Italy: $2B Medicaid to Treat Illegals Annually

The numbers of Americans on Medicaid in 2013, more than 72,200,000, numbered more than all the residents of the UK, 63,742,977 according to the CIA. Our Medicaid is equal to the 20th most populated country on earth. Three million new enrollees, at least, were added to Medicaid rolls before the end of February, than before the beginning of ObamaCare enrollments. Medicaid also covers about $2 billion annually for illegal emergency care treatment, and it isn’t clear that those illegal patients are counted among the 72.2 million.

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“The estimated number of individuals ever covered by Medicaid remained steady at 72.7 million in FY 2013, compared to 72.2 million in FY 2012,” said MACPAC’s statistical report, released on April 1.

The 72.7 Americans on Medicaid in fiscal 2013 also exceeded the populations of Thailand (67,741,401), France (66,259,012) and Italy (61,680,122), according to the population numbers published in the CIA’s World Factbook. Read more at CNS.

You thought illegals could not get Medicaid, right?

…a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor has long paid about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants.

The lion’s share goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies.

Congress approved the program after lawmakers required hospitals to screen and stabilize all emergency patients regardless of their insurance or citizenship status.

Some groups say the services encourage people to cross the border for care, while advocates for immigrants say the funding is inadequate because it doesn’t pay for prenatal care and other vital services. Source: Kaiser Health New, February 2013

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