Newsom signs bill to provide elderly illegal immigrants with taxpayer-funded health care

California has become the first state in the country to provide taxpayer-funded health benefits to older illegal immigrants.

California Gov. Democrat Gavin Newsom signed AB 133 into law Tuesday, which opened the state’s Medi-Cal rolls to illegal aliens 50 years and older in a move that the governor described as a “major milestone.”

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“We are investing California’s historic profits to implement transformative changes we’ve long dreamed of – including this historic Medi-Cal expansion to secure thousands of undocumented Californians, many of whom have served in the front lines of the pandemic. critical health services, ”said Newsom. “I thank the Legislature for its continued partnership to bring California closer to universal health coverage and to promote comprehensive initiatives to ensure that California society returns from the pandemic stronger and healthier than before.”

Last year, Newsom signed the SB-104 into law, expanding health care for people ages 19-25, regardless of immigration status.

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The bill signed into law Tuesday is expected to cost California taxpayers at least $ 1.3 billion.

It has been estimated that at least 3 million illegal immigrants live in California, and the new law will take effect in May next year.

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Newsom is currently facing a recall election in September. New vote shows that 47% of voters surveyed said they support removing the governor from office.

If 50% of the voters in the recall election say they want Newsom removed, the Republican challenger with the most votes is likely to take on his role. Currently, conservative talk show host Larry Elder is voting the highest among Newsom’s challengers.

The recall push began in June last year in response to Newsom’s strict coronavirus lockdown orders and mask demands, which along with state taxes and the intensified homeless crisis prompted many Californians to call for removal, many of whom even fled the state. Newsom was also criticized for being seen at a lavish restaurant that put its own demands on the table and ate maskless with a large group of people indoors.

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