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NYLAG’s Testimony on Undocumented Immigrants’ Access to Lifesaving Treatments

Leaving such a large population uninsured has profound implications on safety net hospitals and the local government and private sources that fund these institutions. This plays out in a lack of access to preventative care, mental health services and lifesaving treatments such as transplants or clinical trials. In the case of the latter, a premature death can mean economic instability for a family who relied on the decedent to support them and shifting the burden to the larger community. This testimony will focus on undocumented immigrant access to such lifesaving treatment.

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