Emergency rooms are becoming the only dialysis option for the undocumented

Luis is a 53-year-old, Mexican-born laborer who after building houses around the Mid-South for a decade needs costly medical care to stay alive.

But Luis is an undocumented immigrant with no insurance — he doesn't qualify under the Affordable Care Act and can't legally buy private insurance — so he has only one option in Memphis' massive health care network: the emergency room.

Increasingly in Memphis, and around the U.S., emergency rooms are becoming the source of specialized medical care for undocumented workers. Not only is it not the best option, medically, it's adding an expensive burden to hospitals forced to cover the cost because they can't legally turn away uninsured.

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