Health Care for illegal immigrants could cost hundreds of millions
May 4, 2015
The cost of extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to illegal immigrants is slated to cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday. [LA Times]
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced SB 4 last December. SB 4 is Lara’s second attempt to provide health care coverage to immigrants who are not covered under the federal Affordable Care Act.
According to researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, about 1.8 million people who are in the country illegally lack healthcare coverage and around 1.5 million of them would qualify for Medi-Cal.
The report estimates that between 50 to 60 percent of eligible immigrants will enroll in the healthcare program at a cost of between $280 million to $740 million annually.