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.
(AP) - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says he has "some significant skepticism" about the benefits of Anthem Inc.'s proposed acquisition of rival insurer Cigna Corp.
(AP) - California's inspector general is giving a failing grade to medical care at a fourth prison as the state tries to regain responsibility after a decade of federal control.
(AP) - A new government report on health insurance has implications for the presidential campaign.
(AP) - Covered California says more than 425,000 people signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care law.
State Controller Betty Yee says California's unfunded liability for retiree health and dental benefits has grown to $74 billion.