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Jim de Bree | Health Care for Illegal Immigrants?

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In the Aug. 31 edition, the Signal published a well-written and thoughtful letter entitled “Health Care for Illegal Immigrants.” In that letter, the author suggested that I might be able to evaluate the cost impact of certain provisions contained in Assembly Bill 133.

While I am honored that a reader would seek my analysis, unfortunately, my schedule does not permit me to undertake such a study and I lack the resources to do so. However, I thought I would share some preliminary thoughts about AB 133 as it pertains to providing health care to illegal immigrants.

For those who are not familiar with AB 133, it is a voluminous and comprehensive bill related to the administration of Medi-Cal benefits provided to low-income Californians that was passed on a straight party-line vote on July 15, with Democrats favoring and Republicans opposing. (Medi-Cal is the name given to California’s Medicaid plan.)

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on July 27. Unlike federal legislation, which provides easy-to-find analyses of the legislation’s impact on the federal budget, California law generally is less transparent and I was unable to find an analysis comparable to what is typically provided during the federal legislative process.

According to information provided........

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