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Winter '95

Undocumented Immigrant!

Don't be scared! You may have heard many things about your rights to receive health care.

Proposition 187 has not yet taken effect. A court action has delayed proposition 187 until further notice. School officials, public health officials, public social service offices, law enforcement officials or landlords cannot ask about or demand to see proof of you or your children's citizenship or legal residency. You still have rights to receive certain free or low cost health care. To find a clinic or doctor:

Call 213-250-8055 for the nearest community or county clinic. Call 213-483-6122 if you have Medi-Cal and would like a private doctor.

You may be able to receive Medi-Cal:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you need family planning
  • If you are very sick or badly hurt
  • If you need emergency services
  • If you have symptomatic HIV or AIDS.

You should still go to your health care and social services appointments (DPSS and AIDS service agencies) and take your children to their appointments. Continue to receive medical treatment ordered by your doctor or clinic and to receive and/or apply for Medi-Cal (including restricted Medi-Cal for pregnancy-related and emergency services) and other benefits that you need and are eligible to receive.


If anyone asks you or your children for immigration papers, you may be a victim of discrimination: call (213) 353-1341 and report this to C.H.I.R.L.A. Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles).

If you speak an Asian language, call the Asian Pacific American Legal Center at (213) 748-2022.

For legal questions, call Legal Aid office in your area:

  • San Fernando Valley (818) 896-5211
  • East (213) 266-6550
  • Northeast (213) 343-9580
  • Central (213) 252-3800
  • West (213) 964-7900
  • South (213) 971-4102
  • Orange County - Public Law Center (714) 541-1010.

Maternal & Child Health Advocacy Project, Children's Advocacy Institute

Los Angeles AIDS Service agencies will continue to provide services to all PWA's regardless of national origin or immigration status. Being Alive's and Women Alive's official position is:

"We will never recognize proposition 187 or any other discriminatory policy" -

Please be careful: call your clinic before your appointments, ask the staff if INS is lurking about. In most cases, you do not have to be fearful of the staff at clinics, they will help you.

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.