SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A plan being pushed by California lawmakers would give immigrants living in the country illegally - and legal residents who can't afford health insurance but don't qualify for Medi-Cal - basic low-cost health care.
The Sacramento Bee reports the county-run program would provide an opportunity to see a doctor, get tested and receive treatment before minor health problems become severe.
Funding would come from an estimated $700 million in county savings tied to expansion of the Medi-Cal program.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he supports the concept of improved care, which is being pushed for by health care, labor and immigrant groups.
But Barbara Coe, of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, which advocates a crackdown on illegal immigration, opposes the plan.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee.