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More than 170,000 undocumented children will benefit from an extension of Medi-Cal (California’s Health Coverage) that will provide them with comprehensive medical insurance including dental and mental health services, Univision reports.
“We have to invest in the next generation of Californians and that also has to include our undocumented children,” Sen. Ricardo Lara told CA Public Radio.
To be eligible for coverage, children have to be 19 years old or younger and a family of four should not earn more than $65,505 a year.
Currently, state legislators are working on expanding health coverage to undocumented adults.
“The immediate need is to make sure that the federal government, that this administration, grants us this waiver to make California the first state to allow undocumented people to pay into the ACA,” Lara said.