California Democrats Urge Administration to Grant Coverage to Undocumented Immigrants

California Democrats on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to approve a waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to access unsubsidized health care under the state’s insurance marketplace.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill in June that obligated the state to ask the federal government to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase insurance on the state’s marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act. Under the health care law, undocumented immigrants are not eligible to purchase insurance on the exchanges.

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) said the law’s goals of extending health insurance and making it affordable should apply to undocumented immigrants.

“California has decided to make the Marketplace – the Health Exchange – offered in California available the undocumented families, without charging federal taxpayers a single penny,” Becerra said, according to provided remarks. “Now they will have an opportunity to get affordable health care insurance and not get ripped off by those who try to get advantage of them.”

He also called on other states to follow California’s lead.

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