Deferring Deportation Won't Get Immigrants Insured: HHS

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT) -- Young undocumented immigrants cannot enroll in health insurance exchanges or sign up for Medicaid, even if they qualify for a new Obama administration policy that defers deportation for immigrants that were brought to the U.S. as children, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Those that are uninsured will likely remain uninsured, in other words. Uninsured immigrants add to the problem of uncompensated care costs for hospitals, as federal law requires hospitals to provide emergency care to anyone, including undocumented immigrants, regardless of the ability to pay.

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