May 18 2017

Kaiser Health News – Q&A: Efforts To Extend Health Coverage To Undocumented Immigrants

Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Courtesy Sen. Lara’s office)
…The Golden State, home to an estimated 2.6 million immigrants without papers, for years has led efforts in expanding services and opportunities for this population. In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill that granted immigrants in the state illegally the right to apply for driver’s licenses. He also signed legislation allowing undocumented children under the age of 19 to sign up for comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage, affecting an estimated 200,000 children by the end of this year. While the Affordable Care Act cut California’s uninsured rate by half, another 2.7 to 3.4 million Californians were expected to remain uninsured in 2019, according to the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Half of those would be immigrants without legal authorization…

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Click here to learn about what The California Endowment is doing to expand access to health care and coverage to all Californians regardless of immigration status.

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