Covering the news, AP notes that California is the first state to make such a decision for all low-income immigrants living illegally in the country. The bill will extend coverage to approximately 764,000 people. Separately, California lawmakers have approved a bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to create legal drug injection sites.
AP: California first to cover health care for all immigrants
California on Thursday became the first state to guarantee free health care to all low-income immigrants living illegally in the country, a move that will cover an additional 764,000 people at a possible cost of about $2.7 billion a year. year. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024, regardless of immigration status . (Beam and Thompson, 7/1)
AP: California advances bid to create legal drug injection sites
The California Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to create places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move follows more than a year of legislative review, with supporters saying it would save lives and critics saying it would promote drug addiction. (Thompson, 6/30)
Bloomberg: California Allows Lawsuits for Marketing Guns to Children
Gunmakers who market child versions of firearms in California could face prosecution under legislation approved Thursday for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. The measure (AB 2571), which the state Senate passed 56 to 14 without debate, was partly inspired by a child version of the AR-15. (Cutler and Clukey, 6/30)
KHN: California may require labels on jar products to warn of mental health risks
Liz Kirkaldie’s grandson was near the top of his class in high school and a talented jazz bassist when he started smoking weed. The more seriously he was interested in music, the more he was interested in weed. And the more serious he got about pot, the more paranoid, even psychotic, he became. He started to hear voices. (Dembosky, 6/30)
Los Angeles Times: California to End Contract with AIDS Healthcare Foundation
California will no longer contract with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to provide health care plans to hundreds of HIV-positive patients in Los Angeles County after the state accused the high-profile nonprofit of engaging in inappropriate tactics during rate negotiations. (Gutierrez, 06/30)
KHN: LA’s top heat manager says helping vulnerable communities key to meeting climate goals
As a child growing up in San Jose, California, Marta Segura heard horrific stories from her parents of women fainting on factory lines and overheated men in farm fields. Little did they know that these jobs exposed them to life-threatening conditions. Then it hit home. “My father, himself, got very sick once and almost died,” said Segura, 58, the daughter of a bracero and a cannery worker. “It marked me when I was a child.” (from Marco, 7/1)
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