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The California senate health committee and state assembly health committee recently passed SB-974 and AB-2965 to their respective appropriations committees, putting both bills in the final stages before a vote. These bills  would expand full-scope Medi-Cal to cover income-eligible Californian adults over age 65 and under age 26 regardless of their immigration status. This builds on the 2015 Health4AllKids program that benefits residents under age 19 and currently covers over 55,000 kids.

Many uninsured, low-income residents can’t afford primary and preventative care which can cause treatable conditions to worsen, preventable emergency room visits, and medical debt. While some health programs may be able to cover emergency costs, waiting until people are in crisis to provide care is too late. About 9 percent of California’s workforce is undocumented and 1 in 6 children in California have at least 1 undocumented parent. These bills are a critical step toward securing the well-being of California workers and families, moving the state closer to ensuring health care for all.

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