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California Democratic Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of State Waiver to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Into Obamacare

September 19, 2016 (1 min read)

California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Sept. 14, 2016 - "The California Congressional Delegation released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to approve a waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California, the state’s health benefits exchange. If approved, California would become the first state in the nation to allow individuals and families without legal immigration status to purchase care through the state’s health exchange.

The call for approval of what is known as The Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, resulted from passage of California Senate Bill 10 authored by California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Known as the #Health4All Waiver, it was signed into state law by Governor Brown in June.

Because this waiver would expand access to comprehensive, affordable health care without subsidies, it would have no impact on the federal budget. The state’s formal waiver request will be transmitted from Covered California to the White House by the end of September.

Thirty seven members of the California Congressional delegation have signed onto the letter urging the White House to approve the state’s waiver request."