Executive order recipients expected to get Obamacare

LOS ANGELES – It’s been a month since the announcement that some 4 million undocumented immigrants may get relief through President Barack Obama’s executive order.

With work permits and legalized stays on the horizon experts and advocates are now looking at how to care for these immigrants after they come out of the shadows.

California laws had prevented immigrants living in the country illegally from access to government fined health care. But under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA, beneficiaries have been able to access services from state funded MediCal. The same is expected from the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program or DAPA.

“Through DACA and the health care access that is available for DACA recipients, I’m kind of excited that I’d be able to take care of myself again,” DACA recipient Seth Ronquillo said.

“We already know through USCIS that certainly people eligible for relief will be receiving deferred action and that’s certainly a status that’s eligible for California,” Ron Coleman of California Immigrant Policy Center said. “We’ve always covered this population and have continued to do so without changes to existing law.”

Asian Americans Advancing Justice found that many Asian families have availed of Covered California, the state’s version of Obamacar. As the executive orders are enacted, they expect many more to enroll.

Currently Asians make up one fifth of the nearly 2 million enrollees in the Obamacare-created system.

“There will be more people eligible at least for medical,” Asian Americans Advancing Justice’ Doreena Wong said. “Then they will come forward and remember that group in the DAPA, whose parents are undocumented now. But they will at least have legal status and they will be lawfully residents or citizens. So those people those mixed status families will be eligible. So those people will be enrolled either in Covered California or MediCal.”

The work permits under the executive order, are also expected to help the once undocumented workers find better jobs, leading to employment sponsored health care.

California lawmakers are also trying to find a more permanent and concrete solution to health care for undocumented workers, including the Healthcare for All Bill that is making its way through the state legislature.


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  • Mario
    30 December 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Free Healthcare for 4Million DACA and DAPA recipients in California. Who will pay for their health Insurance, you the hard working Californians, they will increase your taxes and more fees, increase in Car registrations, State Police to submit 20 monthly qouta for traffic violations from local drivers and many more.

    • Delia
      4 January 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Deport all of them to California , let all the hard working legal Filipnos pays their Health Insurance . Local Governments has to consfiscate all your paycheck’s and properties to insure the 4 millions .

  • noz
    3 January 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    the hardworking americans should be enraged to obozo and his demonicrap bozos, who have gone insane with their power of squandering, spending the taxpayers money to monetarily aid millions of illegal aliens. its time to end all of obozo’s executive order benefitting illegal aliens are without doubts detrimental to the fiscal status of the USA, halfway breathing hard to economically sustain itself. the incoming predominant, heavy elephants to seat on both houses must hulking stump these demonic, dirty donkeys to never allow the demonicrap party’s devious political payout to hispanic voters, by impeaching obozo, once proven in the court of law the unconstitutionality of his executive order, through the lawsuits filed by multiple states challenging the actions of obozo are up to no good, that its all driven by his deceitful motives of buying votes for power of his demonicrap party. ya, obozo the greatest liar alive is the most dangerous man endowed with power, have been running this nation to decay with his one man in your face pro illegal aliens, should make law abiding americans vomit right back hard on obozo’s face to stop his wicked, bleeding heart zest for illegal aliens illegalities.

  • Enigma
    6 January 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Isn’t it great that the IRS is monitoring your health care?
    You schmucks on the left make me sick!