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Statement of Commissioner Lara on expansion of health coverage for undocumented adults

News: 2021 Press Release

For Release: July 27, 2021
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Statement of Commissioner Lara on expansion of health coverage for undocumented adults

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom signed budget trailer bill AB 133 into law, expanding Medi-Cal coverage to include all adults age 50 and older, regardless of their immigration status. As a member of the California Senate, Commissioner Lara authored Health4All Kids covering all children up to age 18, and introduced the first bills to cover all older adults.

“Dreams do come true when we never give up on them. California’s immigrants have given so much to our state, and now they will have the dignity of health care as they age. Governor Newsom has erased a vestige of discrimination against our immigrant communities that so many of us have fought for years to overcome. I have championed the rights of immigrants to affordable health coverage during my service in the Legislature and now as Insurance Commissioner. I am grateful to all those in the Legislature, Administration, and community advocates who never gave up on our fight to win health care for all older Californians."

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $340 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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