As previously mentioned here
, CMS has announced its plan to implement a provision of the Medicare reform law that is intended to provide some relief for states hit with high costs for providing emergency medical treatment for undocumented immigrants. As reported
today's N.Y. Times
, one of the quid
's that accompanies the government's quo
is a requirement that hospitals inquire into and record the immigration status of their patients. Although Congress claims the inquiry is intended to make sure the money provided to the states (including $48 million to Texas) is paid for care to illegal immigrants, it's not at all clear that this will be the effect of the required inquiry: "Hospital executives and immigrant rights groups said the questioning would deter undocumented immigrants from seeking hospital care when they need it, and some hospitals said compliance might cost them more than they would receive in federal aid."