Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

Dec 2, 2007 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press

“Any time there's any restriction in access to care, there's pushback from people who are concerned about that”

The University of Texas Medical Branch may stop offering cancer care to indigent and undocumented immigrants in order to cut costs.

The UTMB set aside about $12 million in this year's $1.4 billion annual budget to treat indigent cancer patients, but that isn't enough to meet demand, said Karen Sexton, vice president and CEO of hospitals and clinics at the medical branch.

The medical branch laid off 381 employees last year as it dealt with inflation, state funding cuts and the growing number of Texans without health insurance. Read more

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Dec 7, 2007
 
All people who are covered by the Constitution- not illegal immigrants.
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<quoted text>Courts ruled that although hospitals/trauma care centers are required to treat all Americans,"should read ALL PEOPLE "

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US Constituion : AMENDMENT XIV :Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, AND subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; (NOTE it does not say that person HAS to be natural born here'except at the beginning of section 1)
nor shall any State deprive ANY person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to ANY person WITHIN its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.this also does not say 'they must be a natural or legal citizen.,How do you think the ACLU ,wins some of their cases ,by picking the Constitution apart .I have read several of your blogs on other sites ,you have the right ideas ,but go about presenting them with misinformation.......http://ww w.archives.gov/national-archiv es-experience/charters/constit ution_amendments_11-27.html

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I believe that your information is outdated.

http://64.233.169.104/search?q =cache:hVBpXBrrSsUJ:www.senate .state.tx.us/SRC/pdf/RM_AG.pdf +PRWORA+and+texas&hl=en &ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=u s&client=firefox-a
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/SRC/pdf/RM_AG.p...

Cornyn discussed the possible penalties if HCHD chose to provide routine health care to undocumented aliens despite PRWORA.

On July 10, 2001, in Opinion No. JC-0394, Attorney General John Cornyn ruled that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) bars the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) from providing discounted health care to undocumented aliens.

PRWORA provides that undocumented aliens are ineligible for state and local public benefits, unless a state enacts a law after August 22, 1996, affirmatively providing that illegal aliens are eligible for certain state or local benefits. Cornyn found that no Texas law affirmatively provides that residents of hospital districts are eligible for public benefits without regard to immigration status. Cornyn noted that nothing under Texas law precludes HCHD from providing
nonemergency medical services to indigent undocumented aliens. However, Cornyn declared, HCHD may not ignore federal law regarding eligibility for nonemergency health care.
Under PRWORA, undocumented or illegal aliens are ineligible for state and local public assistance.
The only exceptions to PRWORA’s prohibition are
emergency medical care and immunizations and the testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases.
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<quoted text>Courts ruled that although hospitals/trauma care centers are required to treat all Americans,"should read ALL PEOPLE "

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http://64.233.169.104/search?q =cache:hVBpXBrrSsUJ:www.senate .state.tx.us/SRC/pdf/RM_AG.pdf +PRWORA+and+texas&hl=en &ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=u s&client=firefox-a

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http://www.law.uh.edu/healthlaw/perspectives/...

While the Attorney General’s opinion is not binding as law, Cornyn has warned the Hospital District of the possible consequences of disobeying federal regulations. Public hospitals and clinics risk losing federal funding. The district could be vulnerable to exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid. TX: Attorney General Claims that Harris County Violates PRWORA in Providing Free Care to Undocumented Immigrants, 20 Newsline 8 (July 31, 2001), at http://www.naph.org/publications/index.cfm... . The stakes of noncompliance, already great, were raised further by Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. The District Attorney initiated a criminal investigation of District officials to determine whether they have violated state laws against the misspending of public funds. If the district attorney finds violations, district hospital officials could face jail terms between 5 and 99 years. Id. However, the Hospital District is optimistic that the criminal investigation will not result in criminal charges. Steve Brewer, Hospital District Official Sees No Charges in Probe, Houston Chronicle, Aug. 24, 2001, at 34A.

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Tamara S wrote:
All people who are covered by the Constitution- not illegal immigrants.
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ANY person within this countries jurisdiction IS protected by it's laws and it's constituion and its civil rights ,and you as well as I are aware of that.Read the civil rights act of 1964 carefully ,TITLE VI--NONDISCRIMINATION IN FEDERALLY ASSISTED PROGRAMS
SEC. 601. No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,so this hospital will lose it's federal funding IF it denies care for these people.. only thing I see happening is people need to just get over the B/S and learn to live with OUR constituion,if they don't like it ,they can leave ,then the soon to be legals will take their place in society huh?AMNESTY ,will proabaly be what congress grants in a new immigration reform Bill IF one ever gets passed .

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In Texas, for example, Attorney General John Cornyn recently handed down a non-binding opinion that the PRWORA bars Texas hospitals from providing non-emergency care to illegal immigrants unless the state passes legislation authorizing it. Ironically, his decision was the result of a request for legal guidance by Harris County Hospital District, which wanted to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to sign up for a subsidized medical plan.

After a briefing by Rodriquez in August, the El Paso County Hospital District voted unanimously to continue providing free or discounted non-emergency and preventative health care to eligible residents of the county, without inquiring about their citizenship or immigration status.

Nevertheless, in September, the group Young Conservatives of Texas filed formal complaints with district attorneys representing Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso asking them to investigate whether public health providers were in violation of PRWORA regulations. Meanwhile, hospitals in Montgomery County and Corpus Christi have stopped providing non-emergency health care to undocumented immigrants, leaving nearly a thousand people without access to health services.

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http://www.enotes.com/everyday-law-encycloped...
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In 1996, with the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), also known as the welfare reform bill, conditions changed dramatically for legal immigrants. As of 2002, legal immigrants face a patchwork of laws in the various states that may or may not give them the right to benefit from various public assistance programs.

By contrast, illegal immigrants are banned from any sort of public assistance under PRWORA, including the very limited services that some states may have chosen to provide them before the act was passed. States giving out public benefits must now verify that immigrants are legal before they receive such benefits.

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Tamara S, thank you for your post.

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