California Healthline: Big Day for Health Care Bill Passage

by David Gorn

Floor sessions on Tuesday in the state Senate and Assembly were fast-paced affairs. The deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin is June 5 so the legislation queue on Tuesday was pretty long and resulted in a rapid-fire pace.

The Senate passed a high-profile measure to expand coverage to some undocumented immigrants. A scaled-back version of SB 4, by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), would extend full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented children under age 19 in low-income families and could extend benefits to some undocumented adults, as well, if there is room under a certain capped budget level. That level has not yet been set, but the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Analysis proposed $40 million for expansion of coverage to the undocumented.

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