If Gov. Gavin Newsom gets his way, California could allow all remaining low-income unauthorized immigrants to join Medi-Cal by 2024, or sooner. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/Legal Times)

On May 1, California opened Medi-Cal to older immigrants residing in the state without legal permission.

Unauthorized immigrants over age 49 who fall below certain income thresholds are now eligible for full coverage by Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that provides health insurance to low-income people.

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