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Undocumented Immigrants Face Health Care Challenges

Repeatedly waiting to start dialysis until a patient is having an emergency can lead to serious, long-term health problems. (iStockphoto)
Repeatedly waiting to start dialysis until a patient is having an emergency can lead to serious, long-term health problems. (iStockphoto)

In the U.S., undocumented immigrants are ineligible for public health insurance except for emergency Medicaid. For some people, that’s led to dangerous health conditions that could lead to expensive emergency room visits. Reporter Jake Harper of Here & Now contributor Side Effects Public Media follows a dialysis patient in Indiana whose regular dialysis wasn’t covered by Medicaid so she had to turn to charity care for treatment.

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  • Jake Harper, reporter with Side Effects Public Media and WFYI in Indianapolis.

 

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