New Law Eases Implementation Next Year
Sacramento, Calif., (October 9, 2015) – The California Endowment commends Governor Jerry Brown, who today signed Senate Bill 4 (Lara), which ensures a seamless transition for low-income California children from restricted scope Medi-Cal into full-scope Medi-Cal once the expanded coverage takes effect next year. This coverage expansion – made possible by the new state budget – gives all low-income children in California ages 0-19 access to full health coverage, regardless of immigration status.
“In the middle of such a heated, and often negative, nationwide conversation around immigration, we applaud Governor Brown and our legislative leaders for recognizing the contributions of undocumented Californians and health care as a basic human right,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “This new law reaffirms the Governor’s commitment to covering all children, regardless of immigration status and makes a bold statement for inclusion and equality.”
Senate Bill 4, authored by Ricardo Lara, dictates that children currently enrolled in emergency Medi-Cal do not need to complete a new application for full-scope Medi-Cal once the expansion takes effect, which is set for no earlier than May 2016.
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org
The California Endowment’s #Health4All campaign highlights the important contributions of undocumented Californians to our state’s communities and economy, while raising awareness of their lack of access to affordable health care coverage. The campaign lifts up the voices of undocumented Californians who envision a health care system inclusive of all Californians. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Californians gain health insurance, yet over 1.4 million undocumented Californians will remain uninsured. Undocumented Californians are students, mothers, fathers, neighbors and community members. Together, they contribute more than $300 billion to our state’s economy and are an essential part of the workforce. To join the conversation, use #health4all or visit www.health4allca.org.
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