Thursday, May 30, 2013

Study: Immigrant workers ‘heavily subsidize’ Medicare

This is one of the big reasons we need more young immigrant workers.   - - Donna Poisl

By Jordan Rau

As Congress mulls changing America’s border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare’s finances, because they contribute billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.

“Immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare,” the researchers wrote in the journal Health Affairs. “Policies that reduce immigration would almost certainly weaken Medicare’s financial health, while an increasing flow of immigrants might bolster its sustainability.”
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