Legal Questions, $3B A Year Price Tag Stand In Way Of Bill To Expand Medi-Cal To Undocumented Adults
But Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) says that because the state picks up the tab on emergency room visits from these uninsured patients, the benefits of the legislation outweigh the concerns.
California Bill To Provide MediCal To All Adults, Regardless Of Immigration Status
A recent Senate Bill from Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would extend MediCal to all adults in the state, regardless of their immigration status. ... But opponents are concerned about the $3 billion a year price tag, as well as whether this move would be legal. Since the Federal government provides a big part of the Medicaid budget, the state has to follow Federal rules. Another concern is that this policy might attract more undocumented immigrants to the state. (Mantle, 5/22)
In other news from Sacramento —
The Los Angeles Times:
Lawmakers Seek $16 Million To Expand Exide Lead Cleanup Beyond Yards
A long-overlooked source of lead contamination in neighborhoods near a closed Vernon battery recycler could be cleaned under a push by state lawmakers to target the grassy strips between sidewalks and streets. The publicly owned stretches of land, known as parkways, are not included in the state’s slow-moving cleanup of southeast L.A. County yards near the shuttered Exide Technologies facility. (Barboza, 5/22)