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Grady reprieve eases medical crisis for illegal immigrants

New York Times, January 6, 2010

In early October, Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital closed its outpatient dialysis unit for budgetary reasons and agreed to pay for three months of dialysis at private clinics for about 50 dislocated patients. The patients, mostly illegal immigrants with no access to insurance, signed documents stating they understood that Grady's payments would end on Jan. 3. Until then, the hospital would help them relocate to their home countries or other states. But only a few immigrants left, and Grady officials announced that they would extend the deadline to Feb. 3, and continue to pay for dialysis and relocation services until then. This one-month reprieve prolongs a standoff that has become emblematic of the medical crisis facing illegal immigrants, the New York Times reports.