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California may extend health care to undocumented seniors

Governor Newsom unveiled his new state plan Friday, proposing additional health benefits for undocumented immigrants over the age of 65.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 4:16 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 4:26 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Newsom unveiled his new state plan Friday, proposing additional health benefits for some undocumented immigrants. 

California remains the first state to offer full health benefits to low-income adults 25 and younger in the country illegally. That cost California about $98 million dollars. 

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This year, the governor is looking to expand eligibility for Medi-Cal benefits to people 65 and older living in California undocumented. That's about 27,000 people, and would cost $100 million dollars for a full year. That's because health care for older people is generally more expensive. 

Under the governor's proposal, immigrants would have to be Medicaid eligible to receive funding. 

State lawmakers have until June 15th to vote on the budget proposal and send it to the governor for his approval. 

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