A Texas hospital is seeing firsthand just how damaging Biden’s immigration policies can be after they were forced to treat migrant children – racking up a bill of more than $200k in health care costs which the Biden administration has failed to pay.
Midland Memorial hospital has been treating migrant children for a range of concerns after their trek across the Southern border after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened an intake facility for unaccompanied minors in March in Midland, Texas.
But so far, the hospital said it hasn’t received any payment from the federal government in return, according to Tasa Richardson, the public relations manager for the hospital.
“I can confirm that Midland Memorial Hospital has provided healthcare services to 40 individuals from the migrant facility,” Richardson told Fox News. “This care has totaled hospital charges of $206,287. Claims have been submitted via Point Comfort per federal official direction. To date, no claims have been processed.”
Republican Rep. August Pfluger, is now calling on HHS to pay up, especially after the congressman said he previously received verbal assurances from Biden administration officials that HHS has the money to reimburse local health care providers for any costs they incur for treating migrant children.
“What a shameful way to do business here,” Pfluger said on Thursday, referring to how the Biden administration has treated the Midland community.
“It’s an outrage that our local hospitals are literally paying the price for Biden’s border crisis,” Pfluger added.
HHS did not address the specifics about payment of $206,287 to Midland Memorial Hospital but said in a more generalized statement that the department funds healthcare for unaccompanied minors in its custody and their expenses “will be paid by HHS.”
“HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilitates and funds health care for all unaccompanied children (UC) in its custody,” the statement late Thursday said. “ORR has developed its health care policies with the goals of ensuring the children’s physical and mental well-being and the safety of care providers, medical personnel and communities.”
“Health care eligibility is effective on the first day that a child has been placed in the physical custody of ORR,” the statement continued. “Eligibility for ORR coverage ends on the day the child leaves ORR’s custody. All UC medical expenses incurred while in ORR care will be paid by HHS.”
Most of the 40 minor children showed up at the Midland Memorial Hospital emergency room and needed treatment for a range of issues, including coronavirus.
Data Pfluger reviewed from the hospital revealed that two cases involved pregnancies, four were for suicide attempts and one was a sexual assault exam, the congressman said.
Pfluger has also already raised alarms about children at the Midland facility being trafficked. He and local Texas officials have also accused the Biden administration of blindsiding the Midland community before opening up the emergency shelter without consultation and under “the cover of darkness.”
Author: Hunter Harris