The health care options for immigrants in California, even those who are not yet documented, could be changing in the near future. The state is moving closer to a new budget agreement that would provide care for immigrants under the Medicaid program already in place in the state.
It would not give these options to everyone. They would have to be from 19 years old to 25 years old, for instance. They would also have to have an income level low enough for them to qualify. This would help those who would struggle the most to get the care they need since it would prove unaffordable.
"California believes that health is a fundamental right," noted the senator who was in charge of the budget negotiations.
The budget has not completely passed yet, but it has been agreed to by the Democrats, and it is expected to pass overall.
The estimated cost of this change is just $98 million. Officials think that about 90,000 more people could be covered after it goes through.
It will be important to keep an eye on this budget moving forward. If it passes, it will give all sorts of people new access to health care that may have felt impossible to get before.
This story also shows how complex immigration-related issues can be in the United States. Things change constantly, as laws and opinions tend to shift. It's crucial for those who want to come to the United States to understand the potential impact of every change and to know exactly what legal steps they can take.