Up to 2.6 million undocumented immigrants live in California, where they can currently receive emergency medical care and pregnancy care. About 1 million of them are estimated to be uninsured, according to KHN.
“While we’ve made enormous strides to reduce California’s uninsured population with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we won’t have a truly healthy state until everyone has access to quality, affordable coverage,” Lara said in a statement.
Anti-illegal immigration groups blasted the bill, which attracted 16 co-sponsors in the state senate, KHN reported.
“There isn’t anything [the California legislature] is not going to give people who are in the country illegally," said, Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.