Senate Approves Health4All Adults Legislation

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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. The measure also expands future eligibility by one year annually, starting with age 26 in 2021. The bill now heads to the Assembly.

“We have taken the first steps toward providing healthcare for all, regardless of immigration status,” stated Durazo. “Our health care system works better when all Californians have access to comprehensive healthcare including preventive treatment and well-patient checkups.”

This measure will provide Medi-Cal benefits to low-income undocumented adults whose incomes are at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. This means that an undocumented adult in a single-person household would be eligible if their income is $16,754 or less.

SB 29 removes a barrier to health access due to immigration status and brings California closer to ensuring that every Californian has comprehensive, affordable and accessible care.