The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill today that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for Medi-Cal benefits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.
Backers of the bill say it would prevent millions of people from having to forego needed medical care because they can’t afford it. Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara says his bill would give immigrants access to a system they help pay for.
Lara: “In 2010 alone, undocumented immigrants contributed $2.2 billion in state and local taxes.”