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LA Times: Study sees modest costs in healthcare for immigrants here illegally

May 21, 2014

"Extending healthcare to people in the country illegally would cost the state a modest amount more but would significantly improve health while potentially saving money for taxpayers down the road, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimates that the net increase in state spending would be equivalent to 2% of state Medi-Cal spending, or between $353 million and $369 million next year, while the net increase in spending would be up to $436 million in 2019."

LA Times: California bill would ease professional licensing rules for immigrants

May 13, 2014

"Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way.

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old."

LA Times: Calif. Senate supports banning fundraisers in lobbyists' homes

May 12, 2014

"The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously to ban state politicians from holding political fundraisers in the homes and offices of lobbyists, three months after a scandal involving the practice.

The measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first of a package of ethics bills proposed in recent months and is in reaction to a record $133,500 fine against Capitol lobbyist Kevin Sloat in February.

NY Times: Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally

May 07, 2014

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens."

Read full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-feds-reject-design-of-drivers-license-for-illegal-immigrants-20140506-story.html

La Opinion: Reconocimiento al espíritu latino en Sacramento

May 06, 2014

"Los Ángeles.- El Caucus Legislativo Latino de California entregó esta semana en la asamblea estatal los Premios Espíritu Latino, un reconocimiento anual que este año contó entre otros con el ex vicegobernador del estado, Cruz Bustamante, el actor Danny Trejo y ‘el charro de oro’, Sebastien De la Cruz."

Read full story here: http://hoylosangeles.com/news/2014/may/06/reconocimiento-al-espiritu-latino-en-sacramento/

Huffington Post: Health for All: A Proposal to Cover the Remaining Uninsured in California

April 28, 2014

Should we deny some Californians medical care for easily treatable conditions because of where they were born?

What about the mom afflicted with diabetes whose family strains to the breaking point to pay for medications out of pocket?

Or the student who was beaten and robbed in San Francisco and needed medical treatment, but was terrified about calling an ambulance because he lacked coverage?

Press Telegram: State Senate bill would name 710 Freeway in Long Beach after Jenny Oropeza

April 23, 2014

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach portion of the 710 Freeway could be named for the late Jenny Oropeza.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, has introduced a resolution that would name the stretch after Oropeza, who was a state senator when she died of complications from an abdominal blood clot in 2010 at age 53.

The Guardian: Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

April 21, 2014

On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”).

“How can we say we live in a just and humane society,” said one speaker, “without providing for the sickest and most vulnerable among us?”

LA Times: University officials support loans for undocumented students

April 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Administrators from California’s two public university systems called Wednesday for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally to cover expenses not met with state scholarships.