Senator Lara Applauds Plan to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Young Adults

May 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) applauded the introduction of Health for All Young Adults, which will extend health coverage to undocumented young adults with low incomes up to age 26.

The Senate Budget Committee voted today to include the expansion as part of the 2017-2018 California spending plan.

“Young people ages 19 to 26 are going to school and starting jobs and families, and they need healthcare to be productive and safe,” said Senator Lara. “With Republicans in Congress determined to roll back coverage and scapegoat immigrants, Health for All Young Adults reflects California’s commitment to young people’s healthy future. Covering young adults is another huge step toward universal healthcare in California.”

Health for All Young Adults builds on the success of Health for All Kids, which Senator Lara introduced in 2014 and now covers 189,000 undocumented children.

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 75 to create Health for All Kids and Senate Bill 4 (Lara) to ensure a speedy transfer of children enrolled in partial scope coverage starting in May 2016.

The Senate budget proposal allocates $63.1 million in 2018-19, and $85.8 million annually thereafter, to provide full-scope Medi-Cal coverage to all individuals up to age 26 regardless of immigration status, beginning July 1, 2018.