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A Texas hospital claimed Thursday that the Biden administration owed it more than $200,000 as reimbursement for treating children who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally.
Midland Memorial Hospital spokesperson Tasa Richardson told Fox News that the facility has submitted claims worth $206,287 but “no claims have been processed.” Richardson added that the hospital has treated 40 illegal immigrant minors since March, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened an emergency intake facility in the city of Midland.
Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas), whose district includes Midland, said in a statement that the children were treated for “barrage of issues including COVID, pregnancy, suicide attempts, and more.”
“Midland’s hospital system should not have to shoulder the costs of the Biden border crisis,” Pfluger added. “I will immediately begin knocking down doors to demand that Midland Memorial Hospital is paid in full.”
Earlier this month, Pfluger claimed the White House “completely blindsided” local officials by setting up the facility “essentially overnight” and said “the communication and transparency from HHS has been dismal at best.”
Last month, Pfluger argued that the Midland facility “absolutely does not meet safety requirements for young children.” The Associated Press reported in March that most of the Red Cross volunteers staffing the facility did not speak Spanish, despite the vast majority of children coming there are from Central America.
The AP also reported that the minors were forced to wear the same clothes for several days because there weren’t enough new ones to go around. An official at the facility also complained that no case managers were on site to begin processing the minors’ release to family elsewhere in the US, and there was not sufficient mental health care available.
Neither the White House nor HHS immediately responded to The Post’s requests for comment.
March and April of this year have been the two busiest months on record for Border Patrol agents in terms of encountering unaccompanied children.
With Post wires
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