CMS is trawling for providers and suppliers providing free emergency care to undocumented aliens. It has $250 million a year available through FFY 2008 under Section 1011 of the MMA (divided among the states mostly based on undocumented alien population; Massachusetts’ annual allotment, for example, is about $2 million), but has spent less than $100 million over the first two years. See the CMS contractor’s website for program details (including enrollment information) and registration for a September 28 teleconference for providers and suppliers.
Free money for emergency care provided to undocumented aliens? Many providers say no thanks
The $1 billion in Federal dollars set aside for this program (see earlier post on the subject) is largely untouched — only about 15% of available monies have been claimed. Reasons cited in a Chicago Tribune story range from lack