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A new survey shows more than half of Californians fear that they or a family member could lose coverage if Republican plans for the nation’s health care system become law.
The office of State Treasurer John Chiang said the money is an “emergency” response to federal health care cuts being proposed in Washington.
The controversial proposal was discarded in last-minute state budget negotiations. It would have extended benefits to undocumented immigrants from ages 19 to 26.
The state ranks near the top in children’s health but near the bottom in terms of their overall economic well-being, according to a study released Tuesday.
Visits have surged 75 percent over five years. Obamacare proponents had argued that expanded health care coverage would reduce the use of emergency rooms.
A forum for Asian immigrants in Oakland draws a crowd so large some attendees had to be seated in an overflow room. Many immigrants are eager for information relevant to them as changes to the health care system are debated in Washington.
Two legislative committees this week approved the use of state money for the expansion of California’s Medicaid program to unauthorized immigrants up to age 26. What’s uncertain is whether the full legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown will approve the plan.
“I feel like I am in a bad dream,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez, who chairs the state Senate Health Committee.
The payment is only 5 percent of the total cost of Medi-Cal’s expansion this year, but experts say it adds to an already-stretched budget.
The bill signals California’s willingness to pay those providers regardless of federal changes but does not guarantee the funding.