California Pushes for Immigrant Health

June 22, 2013 12:38 AM

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California Pushes for Immigrant Health

But not in California, where there are an estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrants. Here, public health officials, elected representatives and advocacy groups are going in the opposite direction, trying to cobble together ways to provide preventive care for such immigrants, who are expected to make up the largest share of the remaining uninsured once the state’s expanded Medicaid program takes full effect.

By many measures, California, with roughly seven million people currently uninsured, more than any other state, is taking the lead in aggressively rolling out changes before January, when most Americans will be required by law to have medical coverage or pay a penalty, the so-called universal mandat...

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