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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced universal health coverage for all low-income residents of his state, including illegal immigrants, as the governor announced Monday his unveiling of the 2022-23 state budget.
At a press conference on Monday, Newsom unveiled its $ 213 billion California Blueprint Plan, Which is supported by an additional $ 45.7 billion. Among the proposals for the plan, which includes the creation of a new statewide firearm repurchase program in the name of public safety, is a move to expand the reach of health care for all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.
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“Here’s the big: If California supports the proposal, it will be the first state in the nation to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsome said During the conference. “So, what does this mean? Full-coverage Medi-Cal, long-term care, including IHSS [In-Home Supportive Services], And behavioral healthcare for all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status. ”
If the measure is approved by state lawmakers, it will allow illegal immigrants to obtain state-funded abortions under the state’s Medi-Cal system.
Newsome estimates that the project will be fully implemented by January 2024.
“With major new investments in tackling the biggest threats to our state’s future, the California Blueprint illuminates the path to continue our historic progress on our short-term and long-term challenges, including responding to the evolving epidemic. Press release. “As California’s robust recovery continues, we are doubling down on our work to ensure all of our communities thrive.”