California Legislature Approves Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

Calif. set to give full health care benefits to illegal immigrants — and taxpayers will foot the bill

California to be first state to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants

California lawmakers released a final draft of the state's 2020 budget late Sunday evening that would expand health care to illegal immigrants and cost taxpayers almost $100 million per year.

The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California's Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. They must vote on it by June 15. The coverage would take effect in 2020.

State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year.

Following the compromise, California is set to become the first state in the country to offer government-funded health care to illegal immigrants.

"Undocumented young adults should not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19", Newsom said in January, describing the effort as "another major step toward universal coverage". About $3 billion of the increase in 2019-20 is attributable to plans to end a tax on managed care organizations, according to the budget document.

Anthony Wright, executive director of the advocacy group Health Access, said further expansion of the program could come in the future.

"These complex proposals require a lot of scrutiny to fully understand the consequences - both good and bad", said Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), the vice chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. Families of four earning up to about $150,000 can get around $100 a month to buy policies on the Covered California marketplace, starting next year.

To pay for part of it, the state will begin taxing people who don't have health insurance.

The penalty is an identical to the so-called "particular person mandate" which had been federal law after the passage of the Life like Healthcare Act, also called Obamacare, except Republicans in Congress eliminated it in 2017.

There has been opposition to the proposal on the part of Republicans on the legislative committee, who argued it wasn't fair to extend health benefits to illegal immigrants while slapping a tax on people who are in the U.S. legally but have failed to purchase health insurance.

Other Democrats are also seeking to show their commitment to expanding health care coverage, including for undocumented immigrants.

You know ... just like the insidious individual mandate contained in former US president Barack Obama's socialized medicine monstrosity.

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