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Bill to Expand Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants Faces Tough Test in Legislature
The California Report

The clock is ticking for legislation wending its way through the state Capitol. Next Friday is the last day for bills to pass their house of origin – or not. One bill facing a live-or-die moment this week would extend health care coverage to the undocumented. It would do so in part by allowing them to enroll in Medi-Cal. A new report released Wednesday by UC Berkeley and UCLA estimates that would increase state costs by $350 million, about 2 percent of the Medi-Cal budget. Opponents say that’s too much.

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