The California State Assembly approved a bill expanding the state’s public health insurance program known as Medi-Cal to adult undocumented immigrants.
Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula is the primary sponsor of AB 4, which passed with a 51-17 vote on Tuesday. The legislation is now moving to the state Senate.
Assemblyman Arambula strongly believes that every person in California must have access to health care regardless of their immigration status.
California is a step closer to achieving its goal to provide health care for all
“Health care is a human right. ALL Californians should have the right to health care, regardless of immigration status. I am proud that in California we are tearing down barriers for our immigrant families, not building them. AB 4 will help achieve Health for All,” he said in a post on Facebook.
On the other hand, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, co-sponsor of the bill, commented, “Health care is a right, not a privilege; for all, not the few. By providing health care to undocumented Californian adults, AB 4 helps move us closer to our vision of universal health care. As a joint author of AB 4, I’m proud to see this important legislation pass the Assembly floor.”