Democrat drops Covered California waiver for immigrants

Sep 4, 2015 4:17 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker has dropped his effort this year to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy unsubsidized private health insurance.

Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens on Friday removed language seeking a federal waiver to allow immigrants to purchase coverage through Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace.

His bill, SB4, now only would offer health coverage for immigrant children from low-income families. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders extended state funding to cover children under 19 in Medi-Cal, the state's health care program for the poor, regardless of their legal status.

While Lara says that was a major achievement, he will continue to push legislation next year to extend the coverage to all immigrants.

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