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Immigrant Labor Has Contributed More Than $100b to Medicare

Sunday, June 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jonathan Bardzik, ANLA
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new study released by Harvard University researchers found that immigrant laborers have contributed significantly more to Medicare than then have taken out.

According to a report on Bloomberg.com, "Immigrants to the U.S. contributed $115.2 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund during the past decade than they withdrew, casting doubt on criticism they overburden the health plan, Harvard University researchers said."

ANLA Vice President for Government Relations, Craig Regelbrugge, reacted to the study stating, "The national dialogue on immigration has for too long been fueled more by emotion more than fact. But facts are good and useful! With regard to Medicare, this helpful study turns on its head the conventional wisdom that immigrants are a burden on our entitlement programs."

The full text of the study results, reported in the journal Health Affairs, is available here. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2013/05/20/hlthaff.2012.1223.


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