Senate Health Committee Passes SB974, #Health4All Bill to Remove Medi-Cal Exclusion of Undocumented Immigrants

Today, the Senate Health Committee passed SB 974 (Lara), to expand Medi-Cal to all income-eligible Californians regardless of immigration status.
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For immediate release: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Contact: Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, Director of Communications, Health Access,916-532-2128 (cell)

SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE PASSES #HEALTH4ALL BILL, SB 974 (LARA), TO REMOVE EXCLUSION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN MEDI-CAL

  • After success of recent Medi-Cal expansion of coverage to all children, SB 974 (Lara) would further expand Medi-Cal to income-eligible adults regardless of immigration status.
  • Bill is a key step in the #Care4AllCA agenda to win universal health care without the need for federal approval. SB 974 now goes to Senate Appropriations Committee; Companion bill AB 2965 (Arambula) will be heard in Assembly Health Committee this month.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Senate Health Committee passed SB 974 (Lara), to expand Medi-Cal to all income-eligible Californians regardless of immigration status. The bill builds on the success of the recent expansion of Medi-Cal to cover an additional 200,000 undocumented children.

Along with an identical Assembly bill, AB 2965 (Arambula), this measure is a key step to win universal coverage in California–and to do so without the need for federal approval.

“California should end the unfair exclusion of undocumented immigrants from Medi-Cal. We appreciate that Senator Lara and the Senate Health Committee have re-started the conversation on expanding Medi-Cal to all income-eligible Californians regardless of immigration status. Immigrants are an important part of our society and economy and should be fully included in our health system as well,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, and co-sponsor of SB 974 with the California Immigrant Policy Center. “Our health care system is stronger when everyone is included. This expansion will not just help individual patients get the primary and preventive care they need, but also provide health and financial security to their families, the broader community, and the state and health system as a whole.”

“This bill would take a major, tangible step to getting health care for all in California–an ambitious goal that is achievable without the need for federal approval. We hope we can make progress on universal coverage this year, through these bills and the budget process,” said Wright.

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