Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HCMC to shut out nonresident poor

The Star Tribune reports that starting early next year, the state's largest public hospital will no longer give non-emergency care to out-of-county residents who are uninsured. HCMC estimates the move could save $600,000 a year.

The article also mentions that Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is arguing that illegal immigrants shouldn't get help from HCMC if the hospital is going to deny care to taxpayers from other counties. But a majority of commissioners disagree.

"The County Board rejected amendments offered by Johnson that would have restricted care to U.S. citizens or immigrants with a green card, and that would have tracked how many of them got treatment. Most commissioners judged those policies either unworkable or unfair."

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