California has become the first state in the nation to extend health care coverage to undocumented young adults.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 104, which extends access to Medi-Cal, the state’s health care insurance program for low-income residents, to all residents age 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status.
Since 2016, California has provided Medi-Cal for undocumented residents under the age of 19. The new law extends the coverage to undocumented young adults up to 25 years old.
According to the California governor’s budget summary, the new law will cost taxpayers about $98 million and cover approximately 138,000 young adults in the first year.
President Donald Trump criticized the efforts in California, calling them “very unfair to our citizens.”