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California Extends Health Care To Undocumented Children

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Andrew Nixon
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Capital Public Radio
Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara has been pushing for California to offer health care to immigrants living illegally in the state.

Beginning next spring 170,000 undocumented kids living in California will be able to sign up for Medi-Cal. Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders allocated an initial $40 million for the program in this year’s budget.

Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara has been pushing for California to offer health care to immigrants living illegally in the state. 

Lara: “This is the least we can do to a community that continues to contribute not only to our social welfare but to our economy. Give them an opportunity to allow their kids to see a doctor.”  

Lara still has a bill pending in the Legislature that seeks a federal waiver to allow undocumented immigrants to buy healthcare on the state exchange. It would also allow some adults living in California illegally to enroll in Medi-Cal if the state says there’s money available. 

The budget also includes $226 million  to cover a one-time restoration in hours for In-Home Supportive Service workers.

Governor Jerry Brown is also calling a special legislative session to address Medi-Cal funding.

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