A new survey conducted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission says that an estimated $677 million was spent providing health care to illegal aliens. The survey indicated that most of the money - $597 million - was spent during the fiscal year that ended August 31, 2006.
In the fiscal year ending August 31, 2007, the state spent $80 million providing life-saving care to patients living in the U.S. illegally. The money spent was part of the Texas Emergency Medicaid program. Federal law also requires hospitals and ambulance services to provide care regardless of citizenship status or their ability to pay.
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