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Medi-Cal enrollment among immigrant kids stalls, then falls. Is fear to blame?

July 09, 2019 / Alina Shrourou

As California prepares to expand Medicaid coverage to young adults living in the state illegally, the number of undocumented immigrant children in the program is slowly declining, new state data show.Unauthorized immigrant children have been eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents, since May 2016, and their enrollment peaked nearly a year later at 134,374, according to data from the state Department of Health Care Services.