Immigrants Help Medicare

The border-security, keep-the-foreigners-out crowd argue that immigrants are an undue burden on our public services.  This blog has pointed out that both documented and undocumented immigrants are fiscally beneficial.  Documented immigrants are generally younger, healthier, and harder-working than the general population of the United States.  They pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits, at least until they age out of the workforce.  The undocumented also pay substantial taxes without being eligible for any benefits.

An article about Medicare in “Health Affairs” supports this argument.  Immigrant workers contribute substantially to Medicare and support its financial strength, according to the research reported.  Health Affairs, Immigrants Contributed an Estimated $115.2 Billion More to the Medicare Trust Fund Than They Took Out in 2002-2009, June 2013.

Between 2002 and 2009, immigrants generated $115 billion of the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for Part A inpatient, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice care for the aged and disabled.  However, Medicare expenditures for immigrants were lower than for U.S. born employees.  This is due to the high ratio of working-age immigrants to retirees.  This ration will continue to increase over the next 18 years, according to the Census Bureau.  In short, immigrants are good for Medicare.  More information is available at the Center for Medicare Advocacy.


John B. Payne, Attorney
Garrison LawHouse, PC
Dearborn, Michigan 313.563.4900
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 800.220.7200
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