Universal health care for californians is one of the most sweeping changes in governor gavin newsom's new budget as well the plan expands eligibility giving medi-cal access to tens of thousands of new families cbs 8's richard allen finds out if you will qualify and what it will cost richard well that's right according to the uc.
Berkeley labor center undocumented residents are the largest single group of californians left behind when it comes to health care access california is poised to be if this proposal is supported the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage under governor.
Newsome's plan unveiling his new state budget medi-cal coverage would be extended to an additional seven hundred thousand californians provided they meet the income criteria for a family of four that means making less than thirty six thousand five hundred seventy dollars that is probably one of the biggest most important announcements not just in the.
Health and human services budget but i would say the budget at large while governor newsom did not outline how this expanded health coverage would be paid for he estimated the cost at nearly 614 million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year and 2.2 billion annually after that with universal.
Access to be fully implemented by january 2024 already medical is available to low-income californians under age 26 and beginning may 1st those over age 50 regardless of immigration status so this is for the good of all of us enrique moronis is executive director of gente unida a non-profit which advocates for.
Immigrants rights he points out that the californians this proposal would cover are often the ones most vulnerable especially during the pandemic you know they're the front line workers they're the ones that are working in the hospitals they're working in the fields they're driving the buses so it's important that we all have some.
Sort of health care pointing out that providing full coverage including preventive care will be more cost effective in the long run you don't want to have a sick workforce you don't want to have people not being able to show up to work or coming into the hospital when they're really ill that's when it's very costly.
And the state legislature has until june 15 to pass the new budget which the governor must sign into law by june 30.