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.
Any genetically modified food product sold in California would have to come labeled as such under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Tuesday.
California health advocates want tight state oversight of health plans to ensure Medi-Cal patients get timely care under the Affordable Care Act.
Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.
While many Americans who missed the window to buy health insurance this year will have to wait until November 15th if they reconsider, Nevadans will be able to buy coverage year round.
A California bill that would require health warnings on sugary drinks moved forward in the legislature on Wednesday. Many doctors are among the measure's staunchest supporters.