Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for any of the benefits under the Affordable Care Act, and in California, that’s roughly one million people. When they get sick, they fare as best they can in safety-net providers including community clinics and ERs. Funding care for this population has always been a challenge and will continue to be so after January 1.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis