California OKs health care for some adult undocumented immigrants

Maricruz Casares
Junio 12, 2019

The new plan would allow low-income illegals making about $17,000 a year between 19 and 25 years of age to join California's Medicaid program, KHOU reported.

Some low-income adults in California living in the country illegally will soon get their health benefits paid for by taxpayers. In order to participate in the program, it will also be necessary for the young adults to have an income low enough to qualify for Medicaid. State officials estimate that group will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 million per year.

"California believes that health is a fundamental right", said Los Angeles Democratic Senator Holly Mitchell, who led the budget negotiations.

The move by the big blue state comes as the Trump administration is cracking down on undocumented immigrants, particularly at the southern border - and as the Supreme Court is poised to take up a case concerning President Donald Trump's moves to undo Obama-era protections for young adults brought to the U.S. as children.

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As the crisis on America's southern border worsens, California is set to become the first state in the nation to provide full health care benefits to a large segment of its illegal alien population.

Lawmakers have approved California Gov. Gavin Newsom's $98 million plan to provide health care coverage for nearly 100,000 young, low-income adults, living in the country illegally, writes the USA Today. Under the agreement, a family of four who earns as much as $150,000 a year would be eligible to avail around $100 per month. The process is always a series of compromises, but some of the biggest issues surrounding taxes, health insurance, family leave and homelessness. It is similar to the federal penalty imposed by the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act called the individual mandate, which was rolled back in 2017. The full legislature is expected to vote by June 15 on the budget deal.

But Buiza said lawmakers failed to achieve universal health care coverage, as they had pledged to do. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has 12 days to act on the budget once politicians pass it. In a news release, Newsom said the budget initially approved by politicians on Sunday was balanced and "creates historic reserves" and said he looked forward "to continuing to work with the legislature".

The healthcare proposals are a win for first-term Newsom, who proposed both of them. Several lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state legislature wanted to go further by offering health coverage to all adults living in California illegally.

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