California will be the first state to offer health insurance to some illegal immigrants. California lawmakers on Sunday, June 9, pre-agreed on a budget deal that will make the Golden State the first U.S. state to offer health insurance to some adult illegal immigrants. These health benefits are included in next year’s state budget plan.
The total budget, according to the Associated Press, will be $21 billion. According to the news agency, the Democrats of the California Legislature have agreed to such a budget agreement, but it must be approved by the full state legislature. California lawmakers should adopt the budget by midnight on June 15.
The new budget agreement will allow low-income, illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25 to qualify for Medicaid in California. Approximately 90,000 people will qualify for the program, and it will cost the state approximately $98 million a year. In addition, the budget agreement should make California the first state to offer assistance with monthly premiums to middle-class families.
For example, a family of four earning more than $150,000 a year will be eligible to receive about $100 a month from the government for health insurance bills. Governor Gavin Newsome has proposed these two projects, which will be included in next year’s state budget. Some lawmakers believed that the bill concerning illegal immigrants should have covered all adults, but Newsome opposed it, noting that such a program would cost the state too much – $3.4 billion a year.