Under the proposed bill, people in the country illegally could get health coverage through a state funded program that would be linked to Covered California, or through a Medi-Cal expansion. Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara authored the bill. He says emergency rooms are the only health care option for many undocumented immigrants.
“That means we’re still going to have to deal with overburdensome emergency rooms that cost the state a lot of money and continue to threaten the health and safety of our constituencies.”
Lara says undocumented immigrants deserve equal access to programs their taxes help pay for.
Costs and other details are still being worked out, Lara says, but he plans to introduce the bill in the Senate Health Committee next week.
The California Senate held two hearings today as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown. The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing. But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
In Reno and around the country, community paramedics are providing more primary and preventive care and taking non-emergency patients to facilities other than emergency rooms.
Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions.
The California health exchange has set monthly limits on prices consumers will pay for specialty prescription drugs.