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Immigrant Health Care Bill Passes Senate
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Many – but not all – of the people living in California illegally would be able to obtain health insurance under a scaled-back proposal that’s cleared the state Senate.

Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill is less comprehensive – and less expensive – than previous versions. But, he told senators, this would be a vote they would remember.

“I respectfully ask for your aye vote on behalf of the two million undocumented Californians that work, toil in our fields, clean your hotel rooms, take care of your babies and provide much-needed support for your families,” Lara said as he introduced his bill on the Senate floor.

The amended bill would extend Medi-Cal coverage to all income-eligible children – and as many adults as the state budget could afford. It would also ask the federal government to allow undocumented immigrants to enroll in Covered California if they can do it without taxpayer subsidies.