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Senator María Elena Durazo speaks on why seniors need to be included in the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility.
SACRAMENTO – California Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Ángeles), Chair of Senate Budget Subcommittee 4, issued the following statement on the budget passed by the Legislature today:
A los abuelos indocumentados de bajos ingresos, mayores de 65 años, se les acabó la ilusión de contar con cobertura médica cuando un acuerdo para el presupuesto del ciclo 2019-20, dejó por fuera el intento legislativo para garantizarles el acceso a la salud en California. Lo positivo es que California se convertirá en el primer estado que dará cobertura a los adultos jóvenes hasta los 25 años a través del plan estatal de salud para los pobres, MediCal.
SACRAMENTO – California Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Ángeles) today issued the following statement regarding the California Legislature Conference Committee on the Budget:
“138,000 previously uncovered undocumented immigrants may now be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits,” said Senator María Elena Durazo. “I’m disappointed that our seniors are not included in the budget framework. Nevertheless, we are going to keep pushing for it because our seniors deserve our support. No low-income Californian should be denied access to affordable primary health care.”
SACRAMENTO – California Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Ángeles) issued the following statement on the results of the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count:
“Homelessness is a chronic issue that requires massive local resources and services across all of California. In Los Angeles County, the number of people experiencing homelessness rose 12% from last year. These numbers are an overwhelming reminder that we must act more forcefully and comprehensively to end the homelessness epidemic...
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved Senate Bill 29, legislation authored by Senator María Elena Durazo (D- Los Angeles) which provides full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented young adults age 19-25 and seniors age 65 and over, regardless of immigration status.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee approved funding for the expansion of full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented young adults age 19-25 and seniors age 65 and over, effective January 1, 2020.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Budget Subcommittee 4 on State Administration and General Government approved $108.4 million for 2020 Census outreach and communication efforts.
SACRAMENTO – California Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Ángeles) issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget proposal:
“I am pleased Governor Newsom listened to the concerns of local leaders and community members to address the epidemic of homelessness. The May Revision increases the state’s support to prevent and mitigate this epidemic by $1 billion.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 in favor of SB 749, legislation authored by Senator María Elena Durazo (D- Los Angeles) which would make clear that all information in a public contract between a private industry employer and a state or local agency pertaining to job creation, job quality, and job retention, as well as Buy America compliance, is not exempted from the California Public Records Act (CPRA) as a trade secret or for any other reason.