California Becomes The First State To Provide Undocumented Immigrants With Access To Healthcare

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California just made a historic move, passing legislation that will offer healthcare to all undocumented immigrants.

According to The Associated Press, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday (June 30), which includes a $307.9 billion operating budget and will provide coverage to an additional 764,000 people between the ages of 26 and 49. What this means is that the west coast state made a commitment to providing low-income adults with access to California’s Medicaid program by the year 2024, regardless of their immigration status.

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. “In California, we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo took to Twitter to praise the latest news, noting that the state is now “one step closer to ending the outdated and discriminatory policy that prevents undocumented Californians from accessing affordable health care.”

“This is a victory for the millions of undocumented Californians who contribute $3.7 billion in state and local taxes and over $40 billion in spending power to our economy every year,” she continued. “This is a victory for the advocates and organizers who have spent years working to make Heal for All a reality. It’s a victory for California as a whole. We will all be better off once every single Californian has access to healthcare.”