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U.S. immigrants pay more for health insurance than they get in benefits

Arturo Vargas Bustamante, associate professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Reuters article about a new study reporting that U.S. immigrants who have private health insurance contribute more to the risk pool than they receive in benefits.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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The roughly 50 percent of immigrants in the U.S. who have private health insurance coverage contribute more to the risk pool than they receive in benefits, a new study suggests.

As U.S. lawmakers continue to tackle immigration reform, knowing whether immigrants burden or subsidize the nation’s healthcare system could be helpful, researchers write in Health Affairs.

"We live in a political time that is questioning the costs and benefits of immigration, and it's a question that's been analyzed for many decades now," said Arturo Vargas Bustamante of the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, who wasn't involved in the study.

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