To distance itself from President Trump's administration, California will become the first state in the country to pay tens of thousands of illegal immigrants full health care.
Under an agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats in federal state legislation, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 who live illegally in California are eligible for the California Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal is known. The deal originated within a larger budget of $ 213 billion.
The plan would enter into force in January 2020, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Homeless shelters in California could leave officials.
Government officials have estimated that around 90,000 illegal low-income immigrants are being offered benefits at $ 98 million a year.
"It's not all we've been looking for, but it will make a real tangible difference to people. This is especially true for people living in poverty and for middle-income families who are not supported by federal law, "said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access. In fact, a family of four who earn six times federal poverty ̵
In order to pay part of it, the state agreed to the taxation of people who have no health insurance. It is a revival of the single-mandate sentence, which has been on the books of the nation under the health code of former President Barack Obama until it was removed by Republicans in Congress as part of the 2017 revision of the Tax Code.
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The budget agreement has yet to be approved by the entire state legislature. A vote is expected this week. According to state law, the legislator has to adopt a budget by midnight on 15 June. Otherwise, the legislature would lose its wage.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.