Quality, Affordable Health Care for ALL Californians

Affordability of coverage and care remains a challenge for too many Californians. Some remain uninsured because coverage is unaffordable or the premium they can afford does not facilitate access to care. Others struggle to pay for care while living in some of the highest cost regions in the country. Estimates of California’s remaining uninsured could be as high as 3 million—even after several years of enrollment increases. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided significant help to millions of consumers, one major population was left out: undocumented immigrants.

The Health4All Campaign began in 2013 when immigrant rights activists, health care advocates, and community members came together to call for expanding health care to all Californians, regardless of immigration status. Undocumented immigrants are unfairly excluded from financial help for coverage through the ACA, and even from using a state marketplace like Covered California to purchase health coverage using their own money. And while many of the most populous California counties serve the undocumented through their safety-net, too many counties still do not. Yet undocumented Californians are a key part of our community and economy and should be included in our health system as well.

In 2016, Health4All Kids became a reality. Governor Brown allocated funds in the 2015 – 2016 budget to expand Medi-Cal to all children, regardless of immigration status. In 2019, Governor Brown allocated funds in the 2015-16 state budget to expand Medi-Cal to all children, regardless of immigration status. In 2019, Governor Newsom and the state legislature expanded this access to everyone up to the age of 26. Activists and advocates are prioritizing the expansion of seniors over the age of 65 and continue to champion the cause of Health4All, and expand Medi-Cal to all adults, regardless of their immigration status so families can access care together.



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 Health Access Analysis & Advocacy