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Oregon governor signs bill giving illegal immigrants medicaid

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the “Cover All People” bill thereby giving illegal immigrants Medicaid.

House Bill 3352 provides illegal immigrants residing in Oregon with taxpayer-funded Medicaid coverage. In the Senate, the bill passed 17-11 and 37-21 in the House of Representatives this week. The Pew Research Center estimates Oregon’s illegal immigrant population is 110,000. In inception, the legislation would cost $100 million in the next two years.

The Lund Report, a local Oregon health news outlet, writes, “The bill allows the Oregon Health Authority and a work group to limit who qualifies for the program if necessary to stay within the $100 million cost. But the price could easily grow beyond that. While the federal government pays the lion’s share of the cost of Medicaid, it will not pay for coverage for unauthorized immigrants, so the cost of the expanded coverage would likely fall to the state. Typically, Medicaid costs taxpayers about $6,000 per covered person per year. So, covering 50,000 would cost about $300 million a year.”

Representative Wlnsvey Campos, a co-chief sponsor of the legislation, says, “HB 3352 will improve lives and reduce suffering for our undocumented neighbors living and working in our state and also shows that in Oregon, we reject the anti-immigrant policies, actions and words that we saw coming.”

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: OREGON LIVES

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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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