Once the plan is signed off, California will become a trailblazer in this respect by extending Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program to some immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25 illegally residing in the US. Democrats now hold a supermajority in both the state House and Senate and the legislation is expected to pass.
"While it's not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don't get any help under the federal law", Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, said. That means families of four earning $150,000 a year would be eligible for help of about $100 a month.
To succor pay for the plan, which is section of the newest state budget, lawmakers indulge in proposed taxing those that indulge in not indulge in smartly being insurance protection.
Health coverage under the budget plan will not be provided to all immigrants - and only to those that qualify under the state's version of Medicaid - the federal low income health programme that was expanded under President Obama.
"California believes that health is a basic steady", acknowledged Los Angeles Democratic Senator Holly Mitchell, who led the finances negotiations.
Republicans have decried the funds initiative as a tax on American residents for not having insurance so that you just might perchance present healthcare to those in the country illegally. Lawmakers have until midnight on Saturday to do so or they forfeit pay.
The healthcare proposals are a win for first-term Newsom, who proposed both of them. Several politicians in the Democratic-dominated state legislature wanted to go further by offering health coverage to all undocumented adults living in California. But Newsom opposed that, noting it would cost $3.4 billion. For the past three years, California has subsidized health care for a quarter million undocumented children - at an annual cost of more than $360 million. Instead, only those whose incomes are low enough would be eligible for the said program. Most of that money - about $100 million - would come from the state's sale of carbon credits as part of its "cap and trade" program. The changes, which would mostly impact businesses, would have brought the state an extra $1 billion.