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For the undocumented shut out of Medi-Cal, Newsom’s health insurance for all plan could be a godsend

Undocumented farm worker worker Rosa Franco discusses her health conditions
Undocumented & Uninsured
March 04, 2019

Rosa Franco, a farm worker living in the rural community of Huron, suffers from many conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. To Franco, one of her gloomiest moments was when her doctor told her she had cancerous cysts. Due to her immigration status and lack of health coverage, Rosa has not been able to undergo surgery. She is one of the 1.1 million undocumented immigrants who do not have Medi-Cal, not even for emergency care. 

According to data from UC Berkeley, there are 955,000 undocumented individuals in California enrolled in a limited-scope medical program. Rosa is not part of this group, since only pregnancy-related cases or life-or-death situations get care.

This is a situation the Newsom Administration seeks to change. Governor Newsom wants to create a health insurance program for all state residents, regardless of their immigration status, so individuals can get moderate coverage.

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About This Series

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative – which involves print and broadcast outlets across California, all reporting together on the state’s uninsured. Outlets include newspapers from the McClatchy Corp., Gannett Co., Southern California News Group, and La Opinion, as well as broadcasters at Univision and Capital Public Radio. 

Topics in this Series

  • Affordability
  • Access to Care
  • Expanding Coverage
  • Undocumented & Uninsured
  • Legislative Fixes