About 90,000 undocumented immigrants ages 19 to 25 will be eligible for California’s version of Medicaid – the health insurance program for people with low incomes – under a state budget deal worked out by Democrats who control the state Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Once the agreement is passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, California will become the first state in the nation next year to offer government-provided health insurance to some immigrants who are undocumented.
What? Provide health insurance to people who came to the United States illegally!
Yes. It’s humane. And California’s leaders believe that health care is a fundamental right.
Under the budget agreement, health insurance will be provided to undocumented immigrants who qualify under California’s version of Medicaid, which is known as Medi-Cal.
The budget agreement will also provide access to health care subsidies for middle-income families. A family of four earning as much as $150,000 a year would be eligible for $100 a month to help offset the cost of health insurance.
How will California pay for this?
The state budget agreement calls