Government & Politics
1:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants

A bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal is on hold for now.

Senate Bill 1005, known as the Health for All Act, was put on hold in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday giving advocates time come up with funding solutions.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the bill in February.

“In my view, expanding health care for all Californians is not a question of if, but a matter of when,” said State Sen. Ricardo Lara.
“In my view, expanding health care for all Californians is not a question of if, but a matter of when,” said State Sen. Ricardo Lara.
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Besides expanding services to the undocumented, Lara’s bill would create a health insurance marketplace. This would allow undocumented people who earn too much to qualify for Medi-Cal the chance to buy private coverage with the help from the state.

Lara says it would cost more than $350 million next year to implement his proposal.

The committee will vote again on this bill in August.