#Health4All, Please Pass SB56(Durazo) Today!
HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity of Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.
We are proud to strongly support SB56 which seeks to extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented adults age 65 and above who are otherwise eligible. This would extend eligibility to approximately 1.15 million undocumented adults in 2021.
California is home to the largest number of immigrants in the United States, including roughly 2.3 million undocumented immigrants who make up about 6% of the state population. In 2018, undocumented Californians contributed $3.7 billion in state taxes and local taxes, $7 billion in federal taxes, and over $40 billion in spending power to our economy. They are overrepresented in jobs deemed “essential” during the pandemic, yet they are excluded from federal stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, and safety net programs for health care and food assistance.
By removing immigration status as an eligibility barrier to Medi-Cal, California can build a more universal, equitable health care system for all who call California home. Health care is a human right, and our health system is stronger when everyone is included.
#LatinasTakeAction #LatinaActionDay #Health4All