California is set to approve a new state budget that will allot for the payment of full health benefits for thousands of illegal immigrants living in the Golden State.
According to Fox News, as a part of the state’s new budget plan, low-income illegal immigrants living in California between the ages of 19 and 25 will be eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. If passed, the plan – which was proposed by California Governor Gavin Newsom – would make California the first state to offer full health insurance to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, The Hill reports.
This plan is estimated to cost $98 million out of the state’s total $213 billion budget and is set to go into effect in January 2020.
To pay for the medical benefits for illegal immigrants, USA Today reports that California lawmakers have decided that they will tax citizens who do not have health insurance.
Reportedly, Democrats in the state’s Legislature have agreed on the budget plan, but the plan is yet to be passed by the body as a whole.
Anthony Wright, executive director of the advocacy group Health Access, said he sees this plan as a great start. According to the Sacramento Bee, Wright said, “While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle-income families who don’t get any help under the federal law.”
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Source: Christian Headlines