LAREDO, TEXAS – At present undocumented children do not get healthcare from the government but that needs to change if the U.S. wants to have a healthy, productive workforce in the future.
This is the view of Dr. Gilbert Handal, vice-chair of Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s medical care advisory committee. Speaking at the conclusion of the 8th Annual Border Health Conference, the El Paso-based physician said the government needs to provide “some kind of legalized insurance for undocumented children.”
Handal discussed his power point presentation with U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. It showed projections of a declining U.S. population after 2025 and an increased burden on those in the workforce to pay for the healthcare needs of retiring Baby Boomers.
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