California giving health benefits to illegals

12 Juin, 2019, 18:39 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom wave to supporters during election night event

At the start of the year, beginning his tenure, California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a sweeping health care plan that would prop up the Affordable Care Act, expand healthcare for undocumented immigrants and make prescription drugs more affordable.

Prior to Sunday's deal, the state Senate proposed legislation that would cover illegal immigrant adults ages 19 to 25 and 65 and older.

The agreement is part of a sweeping $213 billion budget plan that includes another national first: It would stretch eligibility for health insurance subsidies under Covered California to middle-class families earning up to 600% of the federal poverty level.

While the Trump administration is painting undocumented immigrants as unsafe, Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the advocacy group California Immigrant Policy Center, argues that healthier immigrants can be more productive. Families of four earning $150,000 a year would be eligible for about $100 a month in state government assistance under the proposed budget.

To partially fund the plan, lawmakers agreed to implement a new tax on Californians who don't have health insurance, a revival of the individual mandate implemented by Obamacare that was gutted when President Donald Trump signed tax reform into law in 2017.

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Health protection under the finances knowing could perhaps even no longer be supplied to all immigrants - and handiest to of us who qualify under the narrate's model of Medicaid - the federal low revenue health programme that modified into as soon as expanded under President Obama. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who led the budget negotiations.

Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the proposal, arguing it was not fair to give health benefits to people who are in the country illegally while taxing people who are here legally for not purchasing health insurance.

But Buiza said lawmakers failed to achieve universal health care coverage, as they had pledged to do.

By law, officials must enact a budget by midnight on June 15th or work without pay until one is passed.

Democratic lawmakers originally wanted all low-income adults, regardless of their immigration status, to benefit from Medi-Cal. For the past three years, California has subsidized health care for a quarter million undocumented children - at an annual cost of more than $360 million. The move means the state's agricultural industry, whose pollution is often blamed for the drinking water problems, would have about $100 million less than it normally gets from the program for various projects. The changes, which would mostly impact businesses, would have brought the state an extra $1 billion.

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