How to get the most out of immigration health care
Health care providers have been scrambling to adapt to a new federal law that will force them to take on migrant health care workers.
“I am not going to say that it’s easy.
But there’s not many other options out there,” said Dr Ravi Shankar, an infectious diseases specialist at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
He added: “I don’t think there are other places where you could have that type of opportunity.”
Immigrant health care providers say they are struggling to get on board.
Dr Shankar has seen some success with his own patients, but has had to shift his practice to other health services as well.
Immigrant Health Care Association President Michael Tumel said: “There’s not much that we have been able to offer them, and I think there’s a lot of people that are being hurt by that.”
The American Health Care Act passed in May, allowing insurers to cover immigrant health services, and it will be implemented this year in most states.
But many health insurers have said they will not be forced to provide the services, which include testing, vaccinations and lab work.
Immigrant workers in the US are required to be vaccinated against coronavirus, but some employers are not.
Health insurance companies are also under pressure to cover the costs of treating migrant workers, and some are refusing to cover any immigrant workers.
Health insurance premiums are expected to rise because of the new requirements, and many health care companies have already announced that they will be forced out of the US, which could mean higher costs for consumers.
The costs of migrant health workers are a concern, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, which said the new law could cause hospitalisations among migrant workers.
Dr Shanker said: “It’s not just that the costs are going to increase, but the potential for a decrease in the ability to pay for that.”
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