Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Provides Opportunity for California Immigrant Families to Gain Medi-Cal.

Even though President Obama’s expanded actions on Deferred Action are currently on hold,  the original DACA program is still available.

The Children's Partnership and Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families recently released a report on the potential benefits of Deferred Action on health coverage and makes recommendations on how to prepare for new health coverage opportunities through Deferred Action in California. The research found that:

  • When fully implemented, immigration relief provides California, in particular, with an enormous opportunity to provide whole family health coverage.

  • As many as 1.1 million parents, young adults, and children living in immigrant families in California could gain health coverage, if granted immigration relief.

  • Immigration relief could also provide a welcome mat for parents to enroll their already eligible but hard-to-reach children in low-cost health insurance.

Right now more than 400,000 children in immigrant families are already eligible for full-scope or state-funded Medi-Cal health insurance but are not yet enrolled. This includes lawfully residing children in immigrant families and about 200,000 children and youth eligible for the 2012 DACA program.

For the full report, please go to