Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bay Area County to Provide Funds for Undocumented Health Care

Reuters reports that voters in California's Alameda County passed a measure on Tuesday that is expected to raise $100 million a year for health clinics for undocumented immigrants, who are excluded from state programs and the federal Affordable Care Act.  It extends a sales tax to fund health care.  In May, a measure to include illegal immigrants in the state's Medi-Cal program for the poor to residents who are undocumented stalled in the state senate.

Alameda County, which includes the cities of Berkeley and Oakland east of San Francisco, funds health care services for about 50,000 undocumented residents at the clinics. The measure passed by a nearly 3-to-1 margin with all precincts reporting results early on Wednesday.


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