Skip to comments.Senator hopes to provide healthcare to immigrants lacking legal status
Posted on 02/14/2014 4:34:43 PM PST by moonshinner_09
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced legislation Friday that would allow immigrants without legal status to receive or buy health insurance through the state. Such immigrants are the single-largest group of people who remain uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. The national law explicitly bars immigrants without legal status from receiving any kind of federal money, which means that in California, they can't buy insurance through the Covered California exchange, or qualify for the state's low-income health plan, Medi-Cal. "Healthcare for everyone should mean everyone," Lara said at a news conference Friday in Los Angeles. "Only when we include everyone can we truly have a healthy California." Lara's bill, SB 1005, proposes that California use state money to expand Medi-Cal eligibility to those who meet the financial requirements -- an annual income of about $15,000 or less for one person -- but have not been able to qualify because of their immigration status. The bill, which Lara calls "Health for All," also proposes setting up an exchange that would be run by Covered California officials through which immigrants without legal status could purchase insurance. The exchange would also provide the same premium assistance and cost-sharing that Covered California does, but paid for with state money. Lara said the state spends about $1.4 billion annually providing expensive emergency care to people without insurance. He said that he expects his plan to cost a bit less, or the same as that amount, but it would provide insurance instead of just one-time visits. "It's better care, and it'll cost us less," he said. California is home to more than 2 million immigrants who lack legal status,
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What about their families back home? Should they be discriminated against simply because they don’t have the resources to get here?
Another gift brought to you courtesy of the Treason Lobby.
When the GOPe brings out its plan to “seal the borders first” keep in mind that that will leave 20-30 million illegals still here in the country. Enjoy!
Gringo go home. Oops.
A state bent on suicide. Why not have the taxpayers pay for everyone’s health care in the western hemisphere?
That’s the way it would be if we went to Mexico and made demands.
The treason Lobby I like it!
Insanity. The illegals and welfare class are exalted, and the American worker is spat upon.
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