(United Press International) California could become the first state to ask the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday that attempts to allow people in the country illegally to purchase the insurance through Covered California without costing the state or federal government anything.
Illegal immigrants are barred from the insurance exchanges but Obamacare allows states to apply for a federal waiver if the federal government doesn't have to pay for the costs. As many as 390,000 people who earned an income too high for Medi-Cal could purchase the insurance through the exchange.
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