SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PM) — California will become the initial state in the nation to compensate for some adults living in the country undocumented to have comprehensive health benefits as the majorly liberal state proceeds to distance itself from President Donald Trump’s administration.
Democrats in the state Legislature reached an arrangement Sunday afternoon as part of a broader program to spend $213 billion of state and federal tax funds over 2020. The agreement means low-income adults within the ages of 19 and 25 living in California undocumented would be qualified for California’s Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the impoverished and disabled.
The legislature also refused a new tax on household water bills that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom had purposed to deliver repairs to drinking water systems crosswise the state. Lawmakers rather agreed to utilize $130 million of existing tax revenue.