(Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED) Irma, an undocumented immigrant, has worked as a cook at the same fast food restaurant for more than two decades. But the resident of Rialto, in San Bernardino County, said her employer doesn’t provide health insurance and she hasn’t been able to afford a private plan.
Now, at 64, Irma hopes California will start including older immigrants like her in Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid health coverage program for low-income residents.
“Ever since I came to this country in 1995, it was difficult for me to get health insurance,” said Irma, who didn’t want her last name used because of her immigration status. “And now more than ever, I need full-scope Medi-Cal because as I age I am more likely to get sick.”
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