State lawmakers in California want a waiver on an Obamacare ban that prohibits undocumented immigrants from purchasing care on the exchanges.
California officials are petitioning the federal government to sign off on a plan that would allow an estimated 50,000 undocumented immigrants living there to buy health insurance through the state exchange.
Advocates of the plan, signed into law in June by California Gov. Jerry Brown, say that giving the undocumented access to preventative care will improve their health outcomes and reduce costs incurred in emergency rooms.
"Our entire community benefits when we ensure that everyone in California has access to comprehensive health coverage benefits,” wrote the state’s congressional delegation in a letter to the secretaries of Health and Human Services and the US Treasury, according to Talking Points Memo.