CDF-CA is a proud member of the Health4All movement to provide coverage to every Californian, regardless of immigration status.

California is stronger when everyone has access to health care, including our immigrant children and families.

Undocumented immigrants are currently ineligible for coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California (the state’s health insurance marketplace created by the ACA). An estimated 170,000 California children are uninsured due to their immigration status. In addition, U.S.-born children of undocumented parents who are eligible for coverage are twice as likely to lack health insurance as children born to citizens. Almost 40% of children of undocumented parents have not seen a doctor in the past year compared to 25% of the children of documented parents.

CDF-CA supports efforts at the state and local levels to expand coverage to immigrant children and their families. In particular, we support state Senate Bill 4, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, which would fully expand Medi-Cal to undocumented children and adults who would otherwise be eligible except for their immigration status, and would direct the state to seek permission from the federal government to allow undocumented Californians to purchase their own health coverage through Covered California.

Learn more about why California should cover all children and families in our fact sheet, Health for All: Covering Our Immigrant Children.