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Free Prenatal Care – For Non-Citizens Only

From the open borders lobbyists at the Associated Press:

Feds agree to cover Louisiana program for pregnant non-citizens

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will be reimbursed for a new state government program that provides free prenatal care to women who are not U.S. citizens, a federal official said.

The prenatal care is reimbursable under federal standards but other medical care for the pregnant women is not reimbursable, unless a physician certifies it could affect the fetus, said Mary Kahn, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“The fetus is eligible for services related to the pregnancy,” Kahn said Wednesday.

The care is given through the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program, called LaCHIP.

“It’s the unborn child. It’s a special carve out,” Kahn said.

As of Nov. 1, the Louisiana program was delivering prenatal care to 1,061 women who are not U.S. citizens. Most are in Jefferson, Orleans and East Baton Rouge parishes. The program, which began July 1, cost $3 million in its first three months of operation. Eighty percent of its costs are reimbursable from the federal government.

Louisiana Health Secretary Roxane Townsend said federal officials approved the expansion in April. She said Texas and Arkansas also have been given the go-ahead for similar expansions, and Oklahoma has a pending request.

In general, government health insurance only covers non-U.S. citizens in emergency situations. Immigrants here legally with “green cards” could not get coverage unless they have been in the U.S. for five years. Babies born to non-U.S. citizens who meet government insurance eligibility requirements get health insurance coverage for their first year of life under federal rules.

The state program allows prenatal care coverage as long as the families meet eligibility requirements. Family income cannot exceed double the federal poverty level, or about $40,000 for a family of four.

Mind you, even though it is paid for by the US taxpayer, this new free pre-natal coverage is only available to non-US citizens.

But don’t worry, there are strict limits:

The prenatal care is reimbursable under federal standards but other medical care for the pregnant women is not reimbursable, unless a physician certifies it could affect the fetus, said Mary Kahn, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Your wallet will be amazed to see how many things will be found to affect a fetus. Even when the woman isn’t pregnant.

This program should be called the “Let’s Have More Anchor Babies” initiative. Or better yet, the “Let’s Get More Democrat Voters” program.

For it is simply the Democrat party doing what it does best, buying votes with your hard earned money.

(Thanks to WP for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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