IMMIGRANTS GENERATED A $115 BILLION SURPLUS FOR MEDICARE FROM 2002 TO 2009, STUDY FINDS
* Study finds immigrants pay billions more than they use
* Immigration policy changes could deplete program-researchers
* Immigrants generated $13.8 bln surplus in 2009
By Susan Heavey
WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - Immigrants for years have paid far more into Medicare's coffers than they have pulled out, effectively subsidizing rising healthcare payments to the aging U.S. population, a study released on Wednesday showed.
The analysis from Harvard Medical School showed immigrants generated a $13.8 billion surplus for the U.S. government healthcare program for the elderly in 2009, the most recent figures available.
From 2002 through 2009 immigrants posted a Medicare surplus of $115 billion, while the American-born population logged a deficit of $28 billion in contributions. …….