In The News From the L.A. Times BY MELODY GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITER JAN. 10, 2022 5:15 PM PTSACRAMENTO — California would allow all income-eligible residents to qualify for the state’s healthcare program for low-income people regardless of immigration status under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal unveiled Monday.Newsom’s plan calls for the state to spend $2.2 billion a year to close the final gap in Medi-Cal eligibility after years of incremental progress toward offering coverage to people living in the country illegally by first allowing children and seniors to qualify.If approved by the Legislature and included in the final budget signed by Newsom in June, California would further chip away at barriers to accessing safety net programs for people living here illegally. The proposal would go into effect after Jan. 1, 2024.“California is poised to be — if this proposal is supported — the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsom said during his budget news conference.

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