I’m ecstatic to hear that the state is expanding health care coverage to include undocumented children, but the work won’t be done until there’s access to health care for everyone. Through the recently enacted state budget, California expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to all children regardless of immigration status. An estimated 170,000 undocumented kids will now be eligible for health care coverage under Medi-Cal, beginning in May, 2016, and an estimated 3,000 of these kids live in Merced County.
At a recent forum to discuss health care, Assemblyman Adam Gray expressed his support for SB4, which will offer health care to more people by directing the state to apply for a federal waiver to allow undocumented Californians to buy health insurance with their own money through Covered California. Let’s keep marching toward health for all.