Which California counties offer health care to illegal immigrants?
June 12, 2015
San Luis Obispo County is not one of 11 California counties that provide low-cost health care to illegal immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
A 1933 California law states counties must “relieve and support all incompetent, poor, indigent persons.” But, many counties interpret the law as not pertaining to illegal immigrants.
A total of 47 counties do not subsidize health care for undocumented immigrants. Of the 11 counties that do provide low cost care for illegal immigrants, some only offer treatment to seriously ill patients or children.
Six of the 11 counties that subsidize health care for illegal immigrants are located in the Bay Area. They are: San Fancisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The Central California counties of Fresno and Kern, and the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside comprise the other five that provide low-cost care for illegal immigrants.
Last week, the state Senate passed a bill that would offer state-sponsored care to many of the estimated 2 million individuals living in California illegally. If it becomes law, the bill would allow up to 240,000 immigrants under the age of 19 to enroll in Medi-Cal.
An unspecified number of adults could also enroll in Medi-Cal under the bill. Likewise, if the federal government were to reverse its ban on illegal immigrants accessing Obamacare, others could buy private insurance through the state exchange Covered California.