Video Highlights Health Care Need for Undocumented Youth

The California Endowment-produced video reveals that despite benefits of health reform, millions uncovered

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 13, 2013

Video Highlights Health Care Need for Undocumented Youth

The California Endowment released "Dreaming of Health Care", a video made in partnership with a group of Californian undocumented youth. See it here.

The groundbreaking 60-second spot, airing on television and online across the state, features undocumented youth discussing how they want to live healthy, responsible lives. They describe how that's difficult to do when you don't have health insurance and cannot easily see a doctor.

Young people in the video offer the following observations: "We work hard, and we're strong." "But everyone gets sick sometimes." "And yet many of uscannot get health insurance." "Now that our country has spoken, saying that everyone should have affordable care, does that mean 'everyone' everyone? Does 'everyone' include me?"

"When Obamacare passed in 2010, America decided that everyone having access to health care was in the best interest of the nation," said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment. "But even when fully implemented, significant numbers of Californians still won't have access to adequate preventive health care. The opportunity to finish this job is now."

One young adult in the video asks, "Doesn't it make more sense to keep us all healthy, instead of treating us after we get sick?"

Estimates by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research say that even after full implementation of health care reform, more than three million Californians will remain uninsured. About a quarter of this population is undocumented.

The California Endowment proposes that Low-Income Health Programs (LIHP) -- county-run, Medicaid expansion programs set to expire in 2014 -- be transitioned to provide health care for the remaining uninsured, including undocumented Californians. The video kicks off The Endowment's #Health4All campaign, an effort to drive a dialogue about providing a health care solution for the remaining uninsured.

The release of this video follows a recent Field Poll showing that nine out of 10 Californians support a path to citizenship for undocumented residents. The youth featured in the video are residents of Southern California and the Central Valley.

The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation, which was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state.

The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people's health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment's homepage at

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