FederalHealthcareImmigration & BorderIssuesMidland Hospital Says Biden Admin Has Not Paid for Unaccompanied Minors’ Care

A Texas congressman says he is going to “immediately begin knocking down doors” to secure reimbursement for the hospital from the feds.
May 28, 2021
Unaccompanied minors at a federally-run facility in Midland have required care for a number of health issues including COVID-19 and suicide attempts. Midland Memorial Hospital says they stepped up to provide that care and the federal government has failed to pay the bill.

Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX-11) blasted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for failing to reimburse the hospital for the “barrage of issues” the hospital has dealt with concerning at least 40 unaccompanied children in HHS custody.

“Midland’s hospital system should not have to shoulder the costs of the Biden border crisis. I will immediately begin knocking down doors to demand that Midland Memorial is paid in full,” Pfluger said in a press release on Thursday.

Tasa Richardson, public relations manager for Midland Memorial, told Fox News that they followed federal guidelines but have not received payment.

“I can confirm that Midland Memorial Hospital has provided healthcare services to 40 individuals from the migrant facility,” Richardson reportedly said. “This care has totaled hospital charges of $206,287. Claims have been submitted via Point Comfort per federal official direction. To date, no claims have been processed.”

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Pfluger said Midland Memorial has also provided care for unaccompanied children who became pregnant while in federal custody. Though neither Pfluger nor Midland Memorial mentioned sexual assault in their statements, Gov. Greg Abbott alleged in April that children were being sexually abused at another HHS facility in San Antonio.

According to statements Pfluger made in March, HHS moved hundreds of unaccompanied minors to Midland without notifying local authorities — not even the sheriff.

In the Big Bend border patrol sector, which encompasses Midland, there were 4,591 enforcement encounters with illegal aliens in April, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) figures. That number includes 4,245 single adults, 198 unaccompanied minors, and 148 family unit apprehensions.

The welfare of unaccompanied minors, the condition of the facilities where the feds have housed them, and the lack of cooperation between state and federal officials have been the source of a great deal of controversy.

For instance, in March, six state senators returned from a trip to the southern border and stated that they had not been permitted to tour a location in Donna where CBP was housing unaccompanied children.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."