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California Pushes To Expand Health Care For Immigrants - Huffington Post

California Pushes To Expand Health Care For Immigrants

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JERRY BROWN
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Governor of the State of California Jerry Brown presents onstage at the ADL Annual Meeting on November 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) | Michael Kovac via Getty Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.

The president's action excludes immigrants who came to the country illegally from qualifying for federal health benefits. But California has its own policy of providing health coverage with state money to low-income immigrants with so-called "deferred action" that allow them to avoid deportation. Immigrant and health care advocates say that means Obama's executive order will enable hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants in California to apply for Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/30/california-health-care-immigrants_n_6243850.html





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