Tuesday, February 28, 2006

CAWEM: Another acronym for "citizens getting screwed"

Actually CAWEM stands for Citizen/Alien-Waived Emergency Medical.

Back when Rep Richardson was grilling DHS about illegal aliens he asked about CAWEM:

Question: What are the citizenship requirements for Citizen/Alien-Waived Emergent Medical (CAWEM) benefits and OHP Standard?

Answer: ... a noncitizen may not have any legal status (undocumented) with USCIS but may still be eligible for the CAWEM benefit.
SOURCE

But surely this can't be a huge problem right? Surely there aren't many illegal aliens taking advantage of this program right? Well let's compare October 2005:

OHP Standard (citizens) (at least in theory)
Number of enrolled:
MARION - 1,376
MULTNOMAH - 4,499
WASHINGTON - 1,169

Citizen Alien-Waived Emergency Medical (Illegal aliens)
Number of enrolled:
MARION - 3,166
MULTNOMAH - 5,358
WASHINGTON - 3,301

So the CAWEM folks far outnumber the citizens in three of the big counties in Oregon. What were you saying about the rising costs of health care Kulongoski?

HAT TIP: Gullyborg

20 comments:

gullyborg said...

And each one costs the state between $300 and $700 each month, before ANY medical billing. over an entire year, we are talking about $100 million dollars, before ANY medical billing, to provide OHP to illegal aliens in Oregon!

gullybabe said...

and consider that CAWEM medical usually covers pregnancy - one of the most expensive procedures in medicine.

Daniel said...

And then the child that results from the pregnancy get on the actual OHP Regular (not CAWEM) because he/she is an American citizen!

It's a viscious cycle.

Sue K. said...

Disgusting, actually. But then you will have DHS officials and "oxygen-deprived" Ted swearing up and down that these people are either legal immigrants or that illegals are not receiving services. Both lies!

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