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Legislator vows to seek more healthcare coverage for immigrants

Legislator vows to seek more healthcare coverage for immigrants

Healthcare advocates in California this year successfully pushed for medical coverage for kids who are in the country illegally. But they say they're not satisfied. At a news conference Thursday, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) outlined his efforts to further expand coverage to Californians who entered the country illegally. Immigrants without legal status are barred from signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In the state with the largest population of such immigrants -- 2.7 million -- they now make up the single biggest group of Californians without insurance.  How to provide healthcare to this group has been a recurring...

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