Learn more about our policy experts.

Media Contacts

Angela Bradbery, Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7741
c. (202) 503-6768
abradbery@citizen.org, Twitter

Don Owens, Deputy Director of Communications
w. (202) 588-7767
dowens@citizen.org

Karilyn Gower, Press Officer
w. (202) 588-7779
kgower@citizen.org

David Rosen, Press Officer, Regulatory Affairs
w. (202) 588-7742
drosen@citizen.org

Nicholas Florko, Communications Officer, Global Trade Watch
w. (202) 454-5108
nflorko@citizen.org

Other Important Links

Press Release Database
Citizen Vox blog
Texas Vox blog
Consumer Law and Policy blog
Energy Vox blog
Eyes on Trade blog
Facebook/publiccitizen

Follow us on Twitter

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Study Highlights a National Disgrace: Immigrants Pay Far More Into Medicare Trust Fund Than They Use But One in Three Is Uninsured

Statement of Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, Director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group

Note: A Harvard University/City University of New York Health Affairs study published today shows that immigrants contributed about $115.2 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund than they took out between 2002 and 2009.

It’s astounding enough that, according to today’s excellent new study, immigrants generated surplus contributions to Medicare’s Trust Fund of $115 billion between 2002 and 2009. But it is appalling that a third of all immigrants were uninsured in 2010. These are the same people contributing a surplus of well over $10 billion a year to Medicare for medical care. For them not to be insured is a disgrace. Even worse is the fact that non-citizen immigrants, contributing $10.1 billion (or 73 percent) of the total $13.8 billion immigrant Medicare surplus in 2009, were even more likely to lack health insurance – true for 44.2 percent of them.* We heartily endorse the authors’ conclusion that all people have a human right to health care. Tragically, health care coverage is far from universal in the United States.

*CPS data not in the paper.Non-citizen immigrants (of all ages) had an uninsured rate of 44.2 percent. For citizen immigrants of all ages, the percentage of uninsured was 19.1 percent.

NOTE: To get a copy of the study, contact Steffie Woolhandler at (617) 312-2766, or David Himmelstein at (617) 312-0970.

Copyright © 2016 Public Citizen. Some rights reserved. Non-commercial use of text and images in which Public Citizen holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. This Web site is shared by Public Citizen Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation. Learn More about the distinction between these two components of Public Citizen.


Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation

 

You can support the fight for greater government and corporate accountability through a donation to either Public Citizen, Inc., or Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Public Citizen lobbies Congress and federal agencies to advance Public Citizen’s mission of advancing government and corporate accountability. When you make a contribution to Public Citizen, you become a member of Public Citizen, showing your support and entitling you to benefits such as Public Citizen News. Contributions to Public Citizen are not tax-deductible.

Public Citizen Foundation focuses on research, public education, and litigation in support of our mission. By law, the Foundation can engage in only very limited lobbying. Contributions to Public Citizen Foundation are tax-deductible.