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Covered California Attempting To Calm Immigrants' Fears

Dec 3, 2014

Covered California is trying to reassure immigrant communities their information will not be turned over to immigration authorities if they sign up for health insurance.

Only documented immigrants are eligible for California’s health insurance exchange. But Executive Director Peter Lee says the fear of deportation still prevents some from using the service.   

Lee: “There are millions of Californians who are in what are called mixed-status families. You might have a parent who is undocumented but a child who is a legal resident. That child might be eligible for Covered California or Medi-cal.”

The exchange is partnering with immigrant rights groups to spread the message that application information is only used for determining eligibility.