California was especially hit hard by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a lower court ruling in a 4-4 split decision made in June. The split decision effectively puts an indefinitely hold on any government subsidized programs that undocumented immigrants and foreign nationals were looking forward to receiving when they decided to come to the land of opportunity.

Health Care Relief Now Out of Reach for Many Undocumented Immigrants

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courthouse pillars in the sun

Some 1.4 million California residents currently live without health care insurance, because they are undocumented immigrants. One 44-year-old Hispanic, Canoga Park resident named Erica Torres is among those whose hopes were riding on getting health care options

“I haven’t had insurance since my son [now 7] was born,”

said Torres during a recent PBS news interview. “I thought this was one possibility, that maybe I would qualify for Medi-Cal.”1

While older undocumented immigrants still find it next to impossible to find affordable health care, there is some relief for the younger undocumented children. They can enroll in the state’s Medi-Cal Medicaid program.

Torres had pinned her hopes on receiving medical benefits through one of Obama’s deportation-relief programs called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA allows adults living in the U.S. since 2010 and have a child born in the country protection against being deported. The Supreme Court’s decision now makes that possibility a little less likely.

How Many Undocumented Immigrants or Foreign Nationals take Advantage of Health Care Relief Program?

Obviously, there’s no set number of those plan to use programs like DAPA and Medi-Cal, but UC Berkeley researchers have performed some studies and have come up with the following estimates:

  • Since 2012, the original DACA program has allowed approximately 700,000 young people to stay in this county with protection from deportation. And, those living in California have been eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.
  • Somewhere between 310,000 and 440,000 undocumented people in California would be eligible for the Medi-Cal program, if immigration reform is granted.
  • Since 2014, approximately 154,000 people have been granted protection from deportation by DACA, and 125,000 of those have been eligible for Medi-Cal.

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1“Court decision leaves undocumented immigrants’ health care in limbo” published in PBS News Hour, July 2016.