Medi-Cal for immigrants?

Brown’s office may expand Medi-Cal to cover undocumented immigrants

President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown’s office to consider extending Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants in California.

In November, Obama announced his plan to allow up to 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years and have no serious criminal record to apply to avoid deportation. But under federal law, those individuals are not eligible for health benefits through the Affordable Care Act, according to California Healthline.

While speaking at a recent Public Policy Institute of California event, Nancy McFadden, a policy aide to Brown, said the governor’s administration is considering expanding health coverage to immigrants affected by the executive action—potentially covering up to 1 million people—but noted that associated costs will factor into the decision.