If expanding quality health care access is California’s goal, Medi-Cal is not the solution

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In January, California became the very first state to open its Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal, to every undocumented immigrant within its borders. Some 700,000 adults between the ages of 26 and 49 now qualify for publicly funded health coverage.

It’s the fourth expansion of the program to undocumented immigrants, after kids became eligible in 2015, young adults in 2019 and those over the age of 50 in 2022.

No other state has gone as far as California – yet. Others have partially expanded public health coverage for undocumented people. At least one – Minnesota – is planning to follow California’s lead and offer coverage to low-income undocumented immigrants in the state next year.

Click to read the full article in CalMatters.

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