In this June 2016 file photo, Guadalupe Alba, 48, receives dialysis at Harris Health's Riverside Dialysis Center in Houston, which treats undocumented patients. Colorado's Medicaid department has shifted policy to help prevent undocumented patients from waiting until they are near death to seek emergency dialysis. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Immigrants here illegally were waiting until near death to get dialysis. A new Colorado policy changes that.

Patients now can get regular care at dialysis clinics through Medicaid, saving millions in hospital costs

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