California Healthline: Panel OKs Bill To Cover Undocumented

by David Gorn

The Senate Committee on Health yesterday approved a measure designed to provide preventive health care coverage to roughly one million undocumented Californians.

SB 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would create the California Health Exchange Program for All Californians, which would be overseen by Covered California. The federally funded exchange is not allowed to cover the undocumented so state funds would be used for that portion of the population covered in the new exchange.

Just before the hearing, a throng of supporters rallied on the Capitol steps  and during yesterday’s hearing hundreds of people lined up to the microphone to support the “Health4All” campaign.

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