Bill Seeks Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California

A bill introduced in the state Senate last week seeks to provide health coverage for more than two million Californians expected to remain uninsured, including undocumented immigrants.

SB 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) would create the California Health Exchange Program For All Californians, basically a state-funded version of the Medicaid system governed by the state's health benefit exchange board.

The Affordable Care Act specifically excludes undocumented immigrants. Lara's bill would allow everyone in California below 138% of federal poverty level to have access to care, regardless of immigration status.

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