Despite Obstacles, Advocates Confident About Efforts To Provide Immigrants Coverage
California health care advocates and immigrant rights groups want to allow people in the country illegally the option of buying a health plan on Covered California, but they need federal approval, an involved bureaucratic process that could be thwarted under a new presidency.
Hello, White House, How About Obamacare For California's Undocumented?
As the presidential election generates a heated national debate about immigration, California is ploughing ahead with policies to integrate undocumented immigrants, most recently, by expanding healthcare access. “It’s one of the most dramatic turnarounds in California political history,” said Daniel Zingale, senior vice president of the California Endowment, a nonprofit health foundation, about undocumented kids being covered for a full range of health services through Medi-Cal starting May 16. Currently, Medi-Cal covers emergency medical services for undocumented children and adults. (Bartolone, 5/4)