SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislative leaders made history today by reaching a budget deal that includes a $40 million allocation to cover 170,000 immigrant children through Medi-Cal. This effort is a major tenet of Senator Lara’s efforts to cover all Californians, regardless of immigration status through Senate Bill 4, known as the Health for All Act.
Senator Lara released the following statement in response to today’s budget deal:
“Today is a historic day for the people of California. This budget deal affirms our commitment to embrace and integrate our immigrant community, to lead where the federal government has failed and to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of a community that contributes billions of dollars to our GDP. Today’s budget deal is a win for the health of our state, a win for our future workforce and a win for our economic vitality. On behalf of 170,000 children in California who will now have access to health care, I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker Toni Atkins, and the president Pro Tem Kevin de Leon for their visionary leadership on behalf of all California families. Today is a major step forward on the path to achieving health for all!”
Senate Bill 4 will continue to advance through the legislative process. Other critical components in the bill, such as creating infrastructure to cover adults and requesting a waiver of the federal government to allow undocumented Californians to purchase health care through the state exchange, still need to be addressed.
Senator Ricardo Lara was elected in 2012 to represent the 33rd Senate District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Vernon, and Walnut Park.