By Ana B. Ibarra

May 15, 2017


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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, Calif., 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.