Trump’s Immigration Policy Causing Some To Withdraw Kids From Medi-Cal
A state law that took effect last May makes it possible for children younger than 19 to access Medi-Cal, regardless of their immigration status. But now parents are worried.
Families Wary Of Enrolling Undocumented Kids In Medi-Cal
Tens of thousands of children in the U.S. illegally are enrolled in Medi-Cal, but fear of deportation by the Trump administration has many of their parents considering pulling them out of the program. Since Trump's election last November, parents have been calling the L.A. Care Health Plan to request that their kids be withdrawn from Medi-Cal, according to agency officials, who say they're counseling those who call to keep their kids in the program. A state law that took effect last May makes it possible for children under 19 to access Medi-Cal, regardless of their immigration status. There are more than 66,000 unauthorized immigrant children enrolled in Medi-Cal in L.A. County; about one-third joined through L.A. Care, which describes itself as the nation's largest publicly-operated health plan. (Plevin, 3/13)