California Looks to Expand Health Care Coverage for Elderly Illegal Aliens

California Looks to Expand Health Care Coverage for Elderly Illegal Aliens


California lawmakers are looking to increase health insurance coverage for elderly illegal aliens by letting their insured, adult children claim them as dependents.

State Assembly member Miguel Santiago (D) has introduced a plan that passed a committee hearing last week and would allow adults to add their elderly parents as dependents to their health insurance plans. The parents would have to prove that they are dependent on their adult children to be eligible for the coverage.

The legislation is aimed at getting health insurance coverage to more elderly illegal aliens who are not eligible for taxpayer-funded healthcare plans.

Analysis by the California Health Benefits Review Program detailed how the legislation would likely drive healthcare migration to the state:

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Costs stemming from medical tourism may be a risk to payers. In some cases, dependent parents may meet IRS requirements and live outside the United States. Insurance availability through

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