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California to be first state to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants

June 10, 2019 / bbc

California is poised to become the first US state to offer government-provided healthcare to some immigrants who are in the country illegally.State Democrats agreed on Sunday that adults between the ages of 19 to 25 should have access to Medi-Cal, the state's low-income insurance programme.The measure must still be approved by the full legislature and be signed by the state's Democratic governor.The $98m (£77m) plan aims to provide coverage to 100,000 people.To help pay for the plan, which is part of the latest state budget, lawmakers have proposed taxing people who do not have health insurance.The penalty is similar to the so-called "individual mandate" which had been federal law after the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, until Republicans in Congress eliminated it in 2017. Health coverage under the budget plan will not be provided to all immigrants - and only to those that qualify under the state's version of Medicaid - th...