Study Refutes that Immigrants are a Drain on Healthcare System

Healthcare costs are a concern for most people. And, immigration reform is front and center in the national conversation. In today’s political climate of divide and conquer, claims are being made that immigrants place a unwieldy burden on our healthcare system. A new study examines that claim and lends clarity as policy makers focus on immigration reform.

Looking at “roughly 50 percent of immigrants with private coverage” we learn that in fact “immigrants’ annual premiums exceeded their care expenditures by $1,123 per enrollee.” And further, “…These findings suggest that policies curtailing immigration could reduce the numbers of “actuarially desirable” people with private insurance, thereby weakening the risk pool.” Fiscally responsible legislators and insurance executives would do well to keep that in mind. You can learn more about these new insights on the Health Affairs website.