Advocacy

Health For All

About

Increasing and improving access to health care is key to raising the quality of life for Californians. Undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are unjustly excluded from receiving health coverage through federally funded programs including Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace. Though California recently made the investment to extend comprehensive full-scope Medi-Cal to all children and youth, regardless of where they were born (known as Health4All Kids), the fight to ensure that everyone has access to health care is not over. The Health for All Coalition was formed, comprised of dozens of statewide organizations, to partner in the fight to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Our Work

Health For All Adults

Since 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided health coverage to about 7 million Californians and significantly reduced our state’s uninsured rate. Despite this progress, the ACA explicitly and unjustly excludes undocumented immigrants from receiving health coverage through federally funded programs, including Medi-Cal. It is projected that of the nearly 3 million Californians who remain uninsured, 58% are undocumented adults.

In 2016, California invested in providing full-scope Medi-Cal to all children, regardless of where they were born. Since then over 200,000 undocumented children have received comprehensive care due to this expansion, known as “Health4All Kids”. However, undocumented adults, many of whom are parents, are still left without comprehensive health care. Now is the time to remove immigration status as a barrier to health access so that we can bring our state closer to universal health coverage. This proposal would provide comprehensive full-scope Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented adults.

Learn more about the Health For All Adults proposal here. 


Past Work

Health For All Young Adults (#Health4AllYA)

This budget proposal aimed to provide full-scope Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented young adults who are ages 19-26 and whose incomes are at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Though this budget effort did not come into effect, mobilization from community members, immigrant youth, and advocates of Health4All Young Adults made it possible to raise visibility on the need for Health for All.

SB 10 & 1332 Waiver

On June 10, 2016 Governor Brown signed SB 10 (Lara) due to the immense work of the Health For All Coalition and courageous community members. SB 10 (Lara) directs the state to apply for a waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act allowing undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients to purchase health coverage through Covered California; though they would not be eligible to receive subsidies. 1332 Waiver was submitted to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and was in 30-day comment period. However the Waiver was rescinded due to lack of confidence in the new Administration and the best interest in California’s flexibility to provide coverage to undocumented Californians.

Resources

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Dar
Health Policy Coordinator

For media inquiries, please contact:

Carolina Gamero
Communications Specialist
For media inquiries: cgamero (at) caimmigrant (dot) org