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    ‘FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT’

    California Set to Provide Health Care to Some People Living in U.S. Illegally

    Reuters / Jonathan Bachman

    California is set to become the first state to provide government-funded health care to people who are living in the U.S. illegally. State lawmakers agreed to a budget deal Sunday afternoon that will open up its Medicaid program to undocumented low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25. “California believes that health is a fundamental right,” said State Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who led the budget negotiations. Officials have estimated the program will cover around 90,000 people and cost the state around $98 million. The budget agreement must now be approved by the full state legislature. Lawmakers have to enact a budget by midnight on June 15 or they risk losing their pay.