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California Expands Healthcare For Young Adults Regardless Of Immigration Status

Rich Pedroncelli
AP Photo
California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his proposed state budget on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. California recently expanded Medi-Cal benefits to low-income young adults, regardless of their immigration status.

On January 1, California became the first state in the country to extend Medicaid benefits to all low-income adults, regardless of their immigration status. Over 100,000 additional Californians are eligible for health coverage under the new law, the latest piece of legislation in the state’s ongoing push for universal health coverage.

"Advocates for expanding Medi-Cal to the undocumented community see this as a step towards universal healthcare"

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.