New Study Finds 125,000 DACA Youth May Be Eligible for Medi-Cal

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A report released today confirms the news that New America Media health reporter Viji Sundaram broke last June: California recipitents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) qualify for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

Up to 125,000 young immigrants are estimated to be eligible for Medi-Cal, according to the new report released by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

DACA provides temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. In California, unlike in most other states, low-income individuals granted Deferred Action are eligible for Medi-Cal.

Read New America Media's article, Barred from Federal Programs, DREAMers May Qualify for Medi-Cal

Read the report, Realizing the Dream for Californians Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Demographics and Health Coverage