Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Shannon McConville writes on the Public Policy Institute of California blog that, despite California’s embrace of federal health care reform, millions of Californians are expected to remain uninsured even five years from now. Undocumented immigrants are likely to be a large share of this uninsured group because they are excluded from coverage under the Affordable Care Act. At the state level, legislation has been introduced (SB 1005) to provide subsidized insurance options for all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status. California is home to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. This population is distributed unevenly around the state, but undocumented immigrants reside in nearly every county. Los Angeles and other Southern California counties have the largest number of undocumented immigrants—nearly a million are estimated to reside in Los Angeles County alone—and this region is projected to have more than 60 percent of uninsured Californians in 2019.