Illegal aliens, people in prisons are all living off your taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, we are taxed so much that we cannot even afford health care services for ourselves.
Medicare paid health care bills for thousands of illegal immigrants and prison inmates at a cost of tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report by federal watchdogs.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) paid more than $125 million to providers for treatment of 11,619 prison inmates and 2,575 individuals who were in the country illegally from 2009 through 2011, according to a pair of reports released Thursday by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal government is generally prohibited from providing Medicare services to incarcerated individuals or aliens who are unlawfully present in the country under the Social Security Act.
But CMS’s screening methods were not able to detect and recoup payments that violated the Act, the IG found.