California Extends Free Healthcare To Illegal Aliens Who Age Out Of Eligibility

The state of California announced on Monday that it was taking steps to ensure free health care coverage for a group of illegal immigrants would not be interrupted because they aged out of legal eligibility.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has overseen the program that pays for health care for illegal aliens under age 25 since 2019. In July, California became the first U.S. state to extend free health care to all adult illegal aliens. That move brought around 764,000 more people onto the taxpayers’ bill and cost the state an additional $2.7 billion annually.

The extension of health care benefits to adult illegals was part of the $308 billion budget proposed by Newsom and approved by the state legislature. However, the new law providing coverage to adult illegal migrants does not go into effect until 2024. That would have left around 40,000 illegals without free health care between reaching age 25 and the new law going into effect.

The California Department of Health Care Services announced Monday that those persons will not see an interruption in the free health care they already receive between reaching age 25 and the effective date of the new taxpayer-funded program for adults.

Health Access California legislative advocate Jose Torres Casillas said on Monday that the state is “again leading the way in making our health care system work better for all communities, regardless of income, age or immigration status.”

Casillas added that “health care is a human right, and our health system is stronger when everyone is included.”

Reports last summer indicated that Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, covered around 14 million people. All illegal aliens under age 25 who earn less than around $19,000 per year qualify for Medi-Cal. About 96,000 illegal aliens between the ages of 18 and 25 were covered by Medi-Cal last year.

A 2020 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that there were more than 22.1 million illegal aliens living inside the U.S.

Since the study, millions more illegals have been encountered at the southern border and an untold number have evaded detection entering the country.