It's the beginning of the new legislative session in Sacramento, and one lawmaker isn't wasting time. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) is expected to reintroduce a bill Monday to extend health insurance to all undocumented immigrants.
The Health For All Act would do two things for undocumented immigrants: extend Medi-Cal coverage to those who are low income and create a new marketplace to mirror Covered California, where those with incomes 138-400 percent of poverty could purchase subsidized health insurance.
Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for any Obamacare benefits, so they cannot use the existing Covered California exchange.
The question is how to pay for this. The act stalled last year in part because there was no identified funding. Sen. Lara was not available for an interview, but a spokesman said that Lara will address funding questions when he reintroduces the bill on Monday.
The act has a coalition of backers, including the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC).