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.
Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
Povery-striken, densely packed neighborhoods in the Sacramento region were hit hardest by this year's flu, according to a newspaper analysis.
A study at a Sacramento-area hospital has revealed that basic dental hygiene among hospital patients can significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia.
People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.
UC Davis is celebrating the completion of a new building on campus that researchers will use to study respiratory disease in monkeys. The school offered a tour of the new building and the primate breeding colony.