- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Legislature is sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to sell health insurance through the Covered California exchange to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the country.

The Senate approved SB10 on a 27-8 vote on Thursday, which would ask the federal government for permission to sell it.

People who can’t prove legal presence would not be eligible for subsidies that are available to legal residents.

Immigrants can already buy health coverage from a broker or an insurer without regard to immigration status. But Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens says selling policies through Covered California will help families with mixed immigration status.

Critics say lawmakers should focus on problems affecting American citizens.

Brown spokesman Gareth Lacey declined to comment.

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