Lawmakers say billion dollars estimate for migrants puts strain on Illinois’ health care system

(The Center Square) – Calling it a fiscal emergency, some Republican lawmakers are highlighting the costs of providing taxpayer-funded health care for foreign nationals in Illinois.  

Citing a report by Health Care and Family Services, state Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, said since there is no federal match for treating immigrants, the state of Illinois will have to pick up an enormous tab. 

“The HFS report shows a dramatic growth in undocumented immigrant participation, which will require nearly a billion dollars in general revenue funds to support this program in fiscal year 2024,” Hammond said during a Thursday news conference. Read more on The Center Square.