Calling the decision “the first California casualty of the Trump
presidency,” Sen. Ricardo Lara said he doesn’t trust the incoming
administration to protect people’s privacy and health. The Democrat from Bell
Gardens wrote legislation seeking to waive a federal requirement that the
Covered California insurance exchange only do business with citizens and legal
Officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services notified Covered California’s executive director on Tuesday that there
would be a one-month public comment period and a 180-day window to make a final
Trump, who has alarmed California Democrats with his rhetoric
about immigrants and his pledge to step up deportations, takes office on
“California is committed to a healthier future for all, and we
will continue to seek ways to expand health coverage even as Republicans in
Washington move to take it away,” Lara said in a statement, referring to GOP
efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.
It’s unclear how many immigrants could afford the unsubsidized
premiums, which can cost hundreds of dollars per month for basic coverage.
Immigrants without legal status currently can buy the health coverage through
an insurance agent. The bill’s supporters say more would likely sign up through
the Covered California website, in part because of the millions of dollars in
advertising and enrollment assistance the agency funds each year.
Most immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have family members
who are citizens or legal residents and would be eligible for coverage from
Covered California, Lara has said. The bill would be especially beneficial to
those “mixed-status” families, who would be able to shop for coverage together
Critics of Lara’s legislation said it was a distraction for
lawmakers who should have been focused on problems affecting U.S. citizens.
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