A research study by ICH’s Leah Zallman, Sharon Touw, and Karen Finnegan along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School was published in Health Affairs. The research utilized data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey to determine immigrants’ premium contributions to private insurance. Results show that immigrants paid $88.7 billion in private insurance premiums but only used $63 billion in insurer-paid health care, resulting in a $24.7 billion surplus in 2014. This dispels the common myth that immigrants drive up health care costs.
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