With leaks purporting that the governor plans to cover all children — including children of undocumented immigrants, I wanted to call attention to a recent RAND study about immigrants and the cost of health care.
Contrary to popular belief, immigrants use “disproportionately fewer medical services and contribute less to health care costs in relation to their population share.”
Why? 1) they’re healthier and 2) they’re less likely to be using health care services because — they’re uninsured.
According to the study, the cost per household (nationally) to care for the *uninsured* is $843 a year. Of that, the total cost, then, of undocumented immigrants: $11 a year.
That’s less than $1 a month.