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Senator Proposes Health Coverage for All Immigrants

laraThe head of the California Legislative Latino Caucus proposed Friday that immigrants in the country illegally be allowed to get healthcare coverage through the state’s exchange known as Covered California. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said that if the goal is to provide healthcare coverage to all uninsured, then immigration status should not be a factor in the decision. “We’ve made enormous strides to reduce California’s uninsured population with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but we won’t have a truly healthy state until everyone has access to quality, affordable coverage,” said Lara. “Immigration status shouldn’t bar individuals from health coverage, especially since their taxes contribute to the growth of our economy,” according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times.