Community workers are spreading word about health coverage for immigrant seniors improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populatation
Union-aligned Democrats were set to introduce legislation Wednesday mandating a statewide $25 minimum wage for health workers and support staffers, likely setting up a pitched battle with hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis clinics. State Sen. María Elena Durazo’s bill would require health facilities and home health agencies to give raises to many support employees, including nurse technicians, housekeepers, security guards, food workers, and laundry providers. The Los Angeles Democrat said workers remain underpaid even as they have played a crucial role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Undocumented immigrants living in the United States are less likely to have the prenatal care they need compared to other immigrants and U.S. citizens. They may lack financial resources, access to health care providers and have difficulty navigating the health care system.
Medi-Cal coverage for older adults will expand similar to the Young Adult Expansion, which provided coverage for young adults 19-25 inclusively. The full scope of Medi-Cal will cover more than just emergency care for residents. It will cover doctor visits, mental health care, preventative care, referrals, medicines, transportation and in-home services.