State of Oregon Emergency Board
(large document so I link to google cache with search term highlighted)
The second major cost increase is in the Citizen/Alien Waived Emergency Medical (CAWEM)
program. The CAWEM program covers individuals who would be Medicaid eligible except for
their immigration status and covers only emergency and child delivery services. There is an
increased need of just over $5 million General Fund in this program due to an increase in the
number of covered births coupled with an increased cost per birth. Child birth costs represent
approximately 90 percent of costs in the CAWEM program.
When the emergency board met earlier this year DHS asked for an additional $5 million to cover the increased costs of paying for illegal aliens to have babies. That's not total cost, that's just the increase.
Gosh, what would cause such an increase? It's not like our government is making promises of amnesty to illegal aliens who can manage to sneak into our country before a bill gets passed... oh wait.