Health for All Kids Act expected to serve 185,000 children

The Health for All Kids Act, signed into law last year, allows undocumented children under the age of 19 to apply for health coverage under Medi-Cal. Advocates and state legislators appeared in Coachella recently to promote insurance enrollment under the new law, and to lobby for similar legislation to promote health equality. “What we’re doing here in California is […]

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Healthcare is coming for undocumented – is Long Beach ready?

Undocumented kids growing up in Long Beach couldn’t always go to see a doctor when they felt ill. Now, Senate Bill 4, the Health for All Kids Act, will allow income-eligible, undocumented youth to qualify for health coverage under Medi-Cal. But getting the tens of thousands of families who qualify in Long Beach enrolled won’t be easy. “[Eligible residents] have said they often forego healthcare and other […]

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Community groups press for Health For All

A vociferous coalition of advocates for undocumented residents rallied at a Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting to support senate bills that will provide health insurance to undocumented California residents.The Health For All bill (SB 4) is approaching finalization after being passed by the State Senate and Senate Appropriations Committee. “Because of a broken immigration system and a lack of leadership at the federal […]

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Fresno celebrates a victory with passage of ‘Health for all’ bill

An event celebrating the passing of an important state bill, Health For All, attracted a big crowd in Fresno last month. The legislation allocates $40 million for health coverage for California’s undocumented children. Attendees took advantage of the gathering to discuss the next undertaking. “It’s a historic achievement. And, second, there’s work to be done to make sure that all […]

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Residents learn the key to health coverage

Public health advocates held a meeting in Boyle Heights to address a widely perceived need for more information about insurance options. Residents met behind a local church to learn more about healthcare opportunities under a changing system, and traded definitions of health care. The conversations focused on prevention, holistic care, and cultural competence. “A lot of people were not informed that they […]

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‘Health For All’ draws dialogue – but no elected officials

Residents of Merced and Stanislaus Counties gave personal testimony of the health effects of the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the Affordable Care Act. There are 24,000 estimated undocumented residents in Merced county, and Health For All, or Senate Bill 4, would allow them to buy a health care plan through the state’s insurance exchange. The room was packed, but the absence of elected officials was […]

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Merced’s fight for #HealthForAll

Merced organizers rallied in support for the Health For All Act, a California Senate bill which would provide health insurance to all Californians, including undocumented residents. Advocates traveled to Sacramento to urge local representatives to support the bill. They teamed up with people from Modesto, in a strategic partnership to present a more unified front to legislators. “A large percentage of Mercedians […]

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