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Earlier this year, Gov. Brown signed SB 10 into law. SB 10 expands health care coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status, by permitting the state to apply for a federal waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants and their non-US born children to buy coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, by using their own money. PPACA explicitly excludes undocumented immigrants from receiving health coverage through federally-funded programs, including Covered California. This law removes that barrier by directing the state to apply for a waiver under PPACA Section 1332. If granted, the waiver would make it possible for undocumented adults to review and purchase plans from Covered California. These individuals will remain ineligible to receive subsidies.

While the law is effective immediately, the requirement to offer qualified health plans to undocumented individuals on the state’s exchange does not become operative until Jan. 1, 2018, for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2019. This allows the state time to apply for and receive a Section 1332 waiver.

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