SACRAMENTO – California Primary Care Association (CPCA) President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement in response to the recently released immigration reform plan by President Obama:
“We applaud President Obama for his leadership on immigration reform and his recognition of the need for undocumented persons to have a pathway to citizenship – something that is long overdue.
“Unfortunately the President’s plan continues to uphold barriers in current law and states that ‘people with provisional legal status will not be eligible for welfare or other federal benefits, including subsidies or tax credits under the new health care law.’ This will continue to bar those working toward citizenship access to expanded Medi-Cal coverage or the ability to participate in Covered California. Any comprehensive immigration reform must include provisions extending health care coverage to individuals who are now unfairly denied access solely due to immigration status.
“The health of immigrants impacts us all. They are our neighbors and members of our community. We will never have true health care reform or comprehensive immigration reform until all individuals have access to affordable health care coverage.”