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    California wants money for illegal alien health care

    Sacramento Bee 6:49 am May 9, 2018

    More than 100,000 undocumented adult immigrants in California would be eligible for state-subsidized health coverage, under a major budget push announced by Assembly Democrats Monday.

    Lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown for $1 billion, a large portion of which would fund a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health care program. Roughly a quarter of the request — $250 million — would extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrant adults who are ineligible for coverage.

    “We are California. We don’t follow, we lead,” said Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Frenso, author of Assembly Bill 2965, which would qualify all undocumented adults for Medi-Cal.

    There are an estimated 1.8 million undocumented adult immigrants in California who are uninsured. Roughly 1.2 million of them are low-income and thus, would qualify for Medi-Cal, according to state projections. Most rely on expensive emergency room care for routine doctor visits.

    The $250 million would cover 11 percent of the uninsured undocumented adults whose incomes are low enough to qualify for Medi-Cal — about 114,000 people, according to lawmakers.

    Lawmakers also are asking for millions of dollars to fund premium assistance for low- and middle-income people who struggle with the costs of insurance purchased through the Covered California exchange, to extend Medi-Cal to low-income seniors and disabled people and to expand the ranks of primary care doctors in rural parts of California and other underserved communities.

    The move is the first major financial request tied to Democratic-led efforts to expand universal health coverage in California. Lawmakers argued their efforts will help not only the uninsured, but the overall health care system, as rising costs associated with uncompensated care decline.

    “It is important that…we ensure some day that we get to say in the state of California that health care truly is a right,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco.

    The money would come from California’s $6.1 billion budget surplus, said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly budget committee.

    Brown, in his last year in office, remains a major hurdle.

    Brown has warned of a looming recession and has expressed skepticism over making any additional major investments in ongoing spending. He has also already outlined how he intends to spend the surplus. His January budget proposal sets aside $3.5 billion in the state’s rainy day fund, with additional spending on voting system upgrades, mental health and an earthquake early warning system.

    In recent years, Brown has made major investments to expand health care for low-income uninsured Californians. His office declined to comment specifically on the Assembly budget ask.

    “The governor will send his revised budget to the Legislature in the coming week and will provide any updates to his health care proposals at that time,” Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said.

    Past efforts to expand health insurance to undocumented adults have failed, including a 2014 bill from state Sen. Ricardo Lara. Spending estimates at the time estimated it would cost up to $900 million a year to cover all undocumented adults. Undocumented children are already eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

    Lara has an identical bill to Arambula’s this year.

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    California's legislature seems to be on steroids when it comes to providing for illegals.
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    I wonder if all those homeless Americans in California have health care? Maybe they do. I don't know, was wondering about that.
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    Stop the States harboring, aiding and abetting illegal aliens.

    NO TAXPAYER FUNDED HEALTHCARE! WE CANNOT AFFORD OUR OWN.
    ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE "BROKEN" OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

    DO NOT REWARD THEM - DEPORT THEM ALL

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    The money would come from California’s $6.1 billion budget surplus, said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly budget committee.
    California is several trillion dollars in debt. How can there be a six billion dollars surplus to throw away on illegal aliens?

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    Same way Clinton claimed he balanced the budget. DemoQuack Math.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    I wonder if all those homeless Americans in California have health care? Maybe they do. I don't know, was wondering about that.
    Many Calif. Homeless Not Taking Advantage of Medi-Cal Eligibility

    Many homeless individuals in California who qualify for Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act have been hesitant to use the coverage, instead turning to no-cost medical clinics, HealthyCalreports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (Renner, HealthyCal, 3/19).
    Under the ACA's Medi-Cal expansion, 1.4 million California residents will be newly eligible for the program, including 53% of homeless individuals (California Healthline, 1/10).
    However, many homeless individuals have either not signed up for Medi-Cal or do not use their Medi-Cal coverage because of:

    • Discomfort in traditional medical settings;
    • Lack of understanding about the Medi-Cal enrollment process;
    • Uncertainty about whether they qualify for Medi-Cal; and
    • Inability to provide needed paperwork.

    In addition, Juan Villa, homeless health coordinator at Golden Valley Health Center in the Modesto area, said many homeless individuals require extra help enrolling in the program because they have mental health issues or they lack:

    • Birth certificates;
    • Driver's licenses; or
    • Social Security cards.

    Details on Outreach Efforts

    To encourage more homeless individuals to enroll in Medi-Cal or other health coverage, clinics and county officials are:

    • Sending mailers to homeless individuals who have mailing addresses; and
    • Posting brochures and flyers about health care coverage in clinics that serve homeless individuals.

    Some clinics also are authorized to help homeless individuals sign up for Medi-Cal coverage (HealthyCal, 3/19).

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