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Fearing Deportation, Parents Worry About Enrolling Undocumented Kids in Medi-Cal

By Ana Ibarra, KQED News Fix/California Healthline

Luz felt relieved and grateful when she learned that her 16-year-old son qualified for full coverage under Medi-Cal. Now, she worries that the information she provided to the government health program could put her family at risk of deportation.

Luz’s son is one of nearly 190,000 children who have enrolled in Medi-Cal since California opened it to undocumented children last year. Luz, her husband and her son came to Merced, from Mexico without papers about 10 years ago. Luz asked that the family’s last name not be used, for fear of being identified by federal immigration authorities.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/California Healthline.