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Federal Reimbursement of Emergency Health Services furnished to Undocumented Aliens

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Section 1867 of the Social Security Act dealing with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires a hospital that has an emergency department to provide appropriate medical screening to individuals who request examination or treatment to determine whether or not an emergency medical condition exists. If such a condition does exist, the hospital is required to stabilize the condition and/or provide an appropriate transfer, regardless of the individual's ability to pay for treatment. Undocumented aliens are frequently unable to pay for the EMTALA-required care they receive from hospitals and other providers.