Undocumented Aliens: Questions Persist About Their Impact on Hospitals' Uncompensated Care Costs
The report examines the relationship between treating undocumented aliens and hospitals' costs not paid by patients or insurance. It also examines federal funding available to help hospitals offset costs of treating undocumented aliens and the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security) for covering medical expenses of sick or injured aliens encountered by Border Patrol and U.S. port-of-entry officials. To conduct this work, GAO surveyed 503 hospitals and interviewed Medicaid and hospital officials in 10 states. GAO also interviewed and obtained data from Homeland Security officials.