State Senator to Re-Introduce Health Insurance Bill for Undocumented Immigrants
It's the beginning of the new session for lawmakers in Sacramento today and state Senator Ricardo Lara of Long Beach is getting right to work. He's re-introducing his bill to extend health insurance to all undocumented immigrants. The bill, called Health Care For All, would do two things for undocumented immigrants. First, it would allow them to get Medi-Cal. And second, it would create a new marketplace where they could purchase subsidized health insurance.
Women Inmates Wrap Up Sentences Outside Prison Walls
In California when a woman walks out of prison she normally gets $200 and a bus ticket. But some women whose crimes were non-violent have a chance for another way. Through something called "alternative custody" they can serve the last two years of their sentence outside prison but in a supervised program. When Alternative Custody started three years ago, prison officials imagined thousands of female inmates would take part. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.