Extending healthcare to people in the country illegally would cost the state a modest amount more but would significantly improve health while potentially saving money for taxpayers down the road, according to a study released Wednesday.
The study by the
Enrollment in Medi-Cal would increase by up to 730,000 people next year and up to 790,000 in four years.
"This brief finds that the proposed Medi-Cal expansion would involve new state spending, but the cost is modest in comparison to the impact on health and coverage, and the policy also produces savings," the study concluded.
It cited the experience in Massachusetts where expanded Medicaid and private health insurance resulted in reduced preventable hospital admissions and lower death rates.
The study was cited by state Sen.