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Did You Know California is One of the Few States that a Provides Medicaid Coverage to Young Immigrants? Learn More from NAM!

NAM: New America Media published an article discussing coverage options for young immigrants in California who are recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In 2012 the federal government announced that DACA recipients were no longer eligible to receive health coverage from federal programs, including state Medicaid programs that received federal matching dollars.  In response to this decision a handful of states, including California, developed parallel Medicaid programs to provide coverage to these low-income immigrants; individuals may be eligible for the state-funded programs if they meet all of the eligibility criteria for the State’s regular Medicaid program. Tanaya Broder, Senior Attorney with the National Law Center, stated, “California was among a number of states with large immigrant populations that disagreed with the ban and opted to continue financing the health insurance program for low-income immigrants regardless of how long they had resided in the United States, provided they met all the eligibility criteria for regular Medi-Cal.” To date, 73,104 Californians have been awarded DACA status.