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California's Budget Proposal Would Expand Health Care To Some Undocumented Immigrants


Added 06-10-19 08:06:02pm EST - “The Democratic-controlled Legislature agreed to let low-income residents under 26 to receive Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status. It could cover up to 138,000 people ?" a cost of $98 million.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “California's Budget Proposal Would Expand Health Care To Some Undocumented Immigrants”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured in January, must sign off on the latest state budget by June 15. The new $213 billion plan includes an expansion of the state's Medicaid program for low-income adults under the age of 26, regardless of immigration status. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured in January, must sign off on the latest state budget by June 15. The new $213 billion plan includes an expansion of the state's Medicaid program for low-income adults under the age of 26, regardless of immigration status.

California lawmakers are poised to offer low-income young adults living in the country illegally access to full health benefits, putting the state on track to become the first in the country to expand its insurance program to all working poor under the age of 26 regardless of immigration status.

The Democratic-controlled state legislature agreed on Sunday to allow 19 to 25-year-old undocumented residents to receive Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program partly funded by federal dollars.

Gov. Gavin Newsom applauded negotiation efforts by committee chairs Sen. Holly Mitchell and Assembly member Phil Ting in a statement, saying the budget — which includes a $21.5 billion surplus for the state — "is structurally balanced and invests in a California for All."

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