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Newsom outlines $260 million for Medi-Cal expansion to young illegal immigrants

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to expand Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants who are young adults and lack legal status in the United States.

The proposed budget released Thursday says immigrants up to age 25 would be potentially eligible for the coverage.

It includes $260 million for the expansion, which would take effect no sooner than July.

In California, people who can't prove they're legally in the United States age out of full-scope Medi-Cal coverage when they turn 19.

The budget also includes $25 million for an immigration rapid-response program to help address the crisis on the border following the arrival of Central American migrants. It also includes $75 million for immigration-related services including legal assistance for college students.

Advocates at the California Immigrant Policy Center welcomed the new funding for the border region.