There is this misconception that health care is readily available to anyone — that any person who is sick can see a doctor at any time.
We advocates know that without health coverage, the neediest among us end up paying the highest prices for health care, or going without.
Congress is now trying to change this situation for legal immigrant children and pregnant woman. Currently, low-income immigrant children, who are here legally, cannot enroll in Medi-Cal or Healthy Families until they have been here for five years.
The Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act (ICHIA) (S. 764, H.R. 1308) would allow states to enroll these children in those programs.
California already covers legal immigrant children and pregnant mothers. However, we don’t get paid for it. If this law passed, it would go a long way toward helping pay for these services and create a more solid foundation for the state’s efforts this year to provide universal health care to all Californians.
A letter to Congress from governors is currently being circulated, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet signed on. If our governor signs on, many Republican governors have also signaled they’d join in the fight.
We need you to contact the Governor’s office TODAY and voice your
group’s support for this letter.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California Partnership has a script (www.california-partnership.org) for calling.