The ‘American Dream’ just got a little brighter for California’s undocumented immigrant children, who will now be able to sign up for the state’s health care program dedicated to poor and immigrant children — Medi-Cal.1

“While Congress remains gridlocked with stereotypes and hateful rhetoric, California remains as a hopeful beacon that tells people, ‘Immigrants, you matter. Immigrants, you contribute to our economy. Immigrants, you are people that deserve to have health care,'” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, who wrote the legislation authorizing the expanded coverage.

There are nearly 13 million Californians who are enrolled in the Medi-Cal coverage program, which is approximately one-third of the state’s population.

Executive Action: Paving A Way for Permanent Residence and Citizenship

happy Mexican family with kids riding on parent's shoulders
happy Mexican family with kids riding on parent's shoulders

Sen. Lara and other state officials say they expect nearly 190,000 children under the age of 19 to take part in the Medi-Cal health insurance program, which they see is essential to taking care of those who are awaiting more good news in the form of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Nearly 5 million immigrants are awaiting word on Obama’s amnesty plan to allow undocumented immigrants in this country to stay permanently and seek citizenship, if they so choose, without any further fear of deportation. Obama’s executive action plan is now in the hands of the Supreme Court, which is going over it’s merits to make a decision.2

What Does Medi-Cal Provide to Youngsters?

Think of Medi-Cal as the kids’ version of Medicaid, which will provide them with the following no-cost, full-coverage benefits:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Mental Health

To assist in funding the Medi-Cal program, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown revised his budget to include $188M for the health care coverage. The federal government actually foots the bill for half of the cost for those receiving Medi-Cal benefits who are just poor or legal immigrants, while California covers the entire amount of $17.7 billion for those who are here illegally receiving Medi-Cal benefits.

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1“California undocumented immigrant kids gain state-funded health care” published in KCRA3 News, May 2016.

2“Obama Immigration Executive Action Update: Supreme Court to Review President’s Immigration Actions” published in International Business Times, January 2016.