California Approves Law Giving Health Benefits To Undocumented Adults

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The signing of SB 104 makes California the first state in the country to provide government-funded health care to illegal immigrants.

This new law "would extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals 19 to 25 years of age, inclusive, and who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status".

Since 2016, California has provided kids below 18 to obtain taxpayer-backed healthcare despite immigration status.

According to state officials, about 90,000 people are expected to be covered by the new plan, but not without a cost.

However, critics argue this law will only incentivize illegal crossings and asylum seekers into the USA, which is something President Trump has criticized the California governor of doing in the past. Newsom shrugs off the criticism, calling California "the most un-Trump" state in the nation.

'Mark my words, ' Newsom said. It will be paid for by restoring a state version of the individual mandate, which requires residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

In California, extending health advantages to undocumented immigrants is broadly accessible.

"We are going to be a magnet that is going to further attract people to a state of California that's willing to write a blank check to anyone that wants to come here", said Republican Senator Jeff Stone at a May legislative hearing.

Californian Republican lawmakers, who found themselves mostly left out of the negotiating process in the Democrats-dominated state legislature, expressed their concerns.

"The Democrats want to treat the illegals, with healthcare and with other things, better than they treat the citizens of our country", Trump told the reporters on July 1.

Prior to reaching a compromise with Newsom, the state Senate proposed legislation that would cover illegal immigrant adults ages to 19 to 25 and 65 and older.

The plan does not cover all unauthorized immigrants under 25, only those whose incomes are low income to qualify.

While this law is popular in California, not everyone in the state's government is happy about it. "That's on top of the billions they already spend on them", Ingraham said. "And we're going to stop it, but we may need an election to stop it". "And it's mean, and it's very unfair to our citizens".

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