Tuesday, January 11, 2022

California Governor poised to remove all immigration status rules for health care


Photo from California Governor's Website

Recall that undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act.  California is poised to provide universal health care to all regardless of immigration status.

Melody Gutierrez for the Los Angeles Times reports that California would allow all income-eligible residents to qualify for the state's healthcare program for low-income people regardless of immigration status under Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget announced yesterday.  the proposal "calls for the state to spend $2.2 billion a year to close the final gap in Medi-Cal eligibility after years of incremental progress toward offering coverage to people living in the country illegally by first allowing children and seniors to qualify."  If approved, the proposal would go into effect after January 1, 2024.



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