Access issues persist for Indians, rural Americans, immigrants

November 29, 2015

NPR also on Saturday examined budget-strapped counties in Northern California and found they are "eliminating health benefits for thousands of undocumented immigrants." Yolo County, for example, "faces a $24 million shortfall, and the move will save the country more than a million dollars." Illegal immigrants "make up about half of the people on the county's program for the pool." In the past, "providers didn't check legal status, but starting in July they will." But "many providers in the region say these cuts are a short-sighted policy that could hurt everyone. They worry that if thousands of undocumented immigrants cut back on doctor's visits, they might go untreated for communicable diseases like tuberculosis, measles, gonorrhea or HIV" (Weiss, 6/13).

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