Jun 10, 2019

California to expand health insurance to some undocumented immigrants

Clinica Mi Pueblo in Anaheim, California. Photo: Geraldine Wilkins/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California is set to become the first U.S. state to pay for some undocumented immigrants to have full health benefits paid for by taxpayers, the Sacramento Bee first reported Sunday.

Details: State Legislature Democrats agreed as part of a $213 billion state budget approval Sunday to expand California’s Medicaid program to eligible low-income 19- to 25-year-olds, covering 90,000 more people at a cost of $98 million, per AP.

Why it matters: The move, proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is likely to irk President Trump. The pair have already clashed on several issues. California has been spearheading liberal states' fight against Trump in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.

The big picture: The proposed budget would also make California the first U.S. state to help families earning up to 6 times the federal poverty level pay for their monthly health insurance premiums, according to AP. The state would tax people without health insurance to pay for part of it.

The other side: Legislative committee Republicans voted against the plan because they said it was unfair to give health benefits to people who are in the country illegally while taxing those in the U.S. legally for not having health insurance, per AP.

What's next? The budget agreement must still get approval from the full state Legislature, but it's expected to be approved as it's dominated by Democrats. Lawmakers have until June 15 to pass the plan, which is due to come into effect Jan. 1, 2020, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Updates: George Floyd protests enter 12th day

Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.