Californians disapprove offer health services for low-cost undocumented

The survey was conducted by telephone among 1,500 voters on August 29 and September 8.

Improve the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants. To that end, the state of California has approved in recent years a series of laws that include enable them to obtain driver’s licenses and certificates for professional work.
But as regards health, voters are divided over whether they should provide health services for free or low cost to those who reside in the state without legal status, according to a survey released Wednesday, by the University of Southern California and the daily Los Angeles Times.
48% of respondents believe that undocumented immigrants should be eligible for health programs for free or low cost, such as Medi-Cal or other similar program. A similar percentage, 47% said to disagree, while 6% refused to answer or said they did not know the answer.
The percentage change if one takes into account ethnicity: 69% of Latino respondents supported the expansion of services, while only 39% of non-Hispanic whites were in favor of aid to the undocumented. There were also differences depending on the political affiliation: while 68% of Democrats agreed with the action, only 19% of Republicans support it.
“The percentages do not indicate a major change in the support,” said Sarah Univision News of Guia, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, who recalls that in another survey conducted in August, 58% of Californians supported expand health services.
David Kanevsky of American Viewpoint he said to Los Angeles Times that although previous research has shown that Californians have a liberal position on immigration is still “unresolved” the issue of the public health benefits involving financial compensation for the undocumented.
Both surveys are published in a moment in which bills are discussed to help integrate undocumented workers in the health system in California : in recent days Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers approved a budget for next year that includes $40,000,000 to enroll more than 170,000 undocumented children in full Medi-Cal.
The legislature also passed SB 4 initiative, known as “Health 4 All Kids” (Health for all children), who orders a transition to include these children in the program cost. The measure needs only the governor’s signature to be fully approved.
Next year Senator Ricardo Lara, author of Senate Bill 4 will introduce another bill, SB 10, which seeks to expand Medi-Cal to all the undocumented population of the state, as confirmed in an email to Univision News. The measure will also ask the federal government for a waiver to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance through Covered California platform.
If approved this proposal, California became the first state to allow this group to buy coverage through an insurance market, adding one more service to which they are already gives the undocumented population in the state.