Health for All Act Officially Introduced in California State Senate!

February 14, 2014

California Partnership is proud to be working with Senator Ricardo Lara to ensure that no Californian is left out of health care reform because of their immigration status. We joined Senator Lara at Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero – Boyle Heights today at 12:00 PM to unveil the Health for All Act!

The Health for All Act (SB 1005) will create a public health exchange like Covered California that will offer the same premium subsidies and cost-sharing reductions that they would receive if they weren’t excluded because of their immigration status. The Health for All Act will also ensure that people who are eligible in every way except for their immigration status will receive Medi-Cal.

We believe that health care is a right and excluding people based on their immigration status is wrong. Affordable access to health care for all can significantly reduce the rates of poverty in California. We are proud to be at the forefront of this fight and we hope that you can join us to pass the Health for All Act

See below for more information about today’s announcement.


February 12, 2014

Sacramento – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) will hold a press conference in Los Angeles on February 14, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. to unveil the Health For All Act -  legislation to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Joining Senator Lara, will be a coalition of health, immigration, labor and community advocates who agree that immigration status should not impede an individuals’ ability to access or purchase health coverage.

“California is stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “This includes undocumented Californians who are a fundamental part of our state and contribute tremendously to our economy. It’s time that we address this critical issue by ensuring that all Californians have access to preventative care and the opportunity to purchase coverage, irrespective of immigration status.”

Who:      Senator Ricardo Lara, undocumented individuals impacted by the legislation, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), California Immigrant Policy Center, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Health Access California, California Pan-Ethnic health Network (CPEHN), Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, SEIU California, California Primary Care Association Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero staff and additional advocates.

What:    Press conference announcing the Health For All Act, expanding access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

When:    Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero – Boyle Heights
2032 Marengo St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Visuals: Doctors, nurses, #health4all signs and health themed props.

Senator Ricardo Lara was elected in 2012 to represent the 33rd Senate District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Vernon, and Walnut Park. For more information please visit this link:

Media Contact: Jesse Melgar / [email protected]

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