Cal­i­for­nia al­lows un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants buy in­surance

Pakistan Observer - - 14 -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA— Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law al­low­ing unau­tho­rized im­mi­grants to buy health in­surance on a state ex­change cre­ated un­der the U.S. Af­ford­able Care Act, mak­ing the state the first in the coun­try to of­fer that kind of cov­er­age. The law lets the state re­quest a waiver from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment that will be needed to al­low unau­tho­rized im­mi­grants to pur­chase un­sub­si­dized in­surance through Cov­ered Cal­i­for­nia, the state’s health­care ex­change. “To­day we ask the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­move an­other bar­rier to health in­surance ac­cess that dis­crim­i­nates against some of our res­i­dents on the ba­sis of their doc­u­men­ta­tion sta­tus,” said Sen­a­tor Ri­cardo Lara, the bill’s au­thor, in a state­ment. Brown, a Demo­crat, signed the bill on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the gov­er­nor’s web­site. His of­fice was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

The Los An­ge­les Times re­ported that if the waiver is ap­proved, it would al­low as many as 390,000 im­mi­grants to pur­chase health­care in­surance through the state’s ex­change.—Reuters

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