The bill is known as AB 2965 and it will eliminate the legal residency requirements currently present in California’s Medicaid program known as Medi-Cal. It passed the Democratic-controlled Assembly 33-21.
The state has already done away with residency requirements for individuals younger than the age of 19. the Democratic-controlled Assembly 33-21
According to California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, offering this level of full cost coverage to these individuals would cost California taxpayers approximately $3 billion for JUST the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The bill is set to be presented to the state Senate and they are expected to pass the proposal and present to Governor Jerry Brown for signature.
Proponents of the bill state their support due to inconsistent access to care for illegal aliens and a significant reliance on walk-in or community clinics and emergency rooms.
Almas Sayeed is the deputy director of programs and counsel for the California Immigrant Policy Center and she states – “That’s not the same as having a general practitioner or internist you see regularly. This would be a systematic way to keep communities healthy.”
Opponents of the bill question why illegal aliens should receive such benefits at taxpayer expense and if illegal individuals will flock to California in order to take advantage of such a benefit.
They also wonder just how long the state can bear such a significant financial burden without federal subsidy.
Opponents of the bill have questioned the necessity of the bill, believing that this is simply a political maneuver on the part of liberal, open borders politicians in California.
They have even suggested that this may be a purposeful overloading of the system in an effort to force universal state-run healthcare much like what is found currently in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. A place where medical care is rationed out to the elite and very wealthy first and the weak, handicapped, and elderly are weeded out as “unnecessary.”