Yocelyn’s 18-month-old has chickenpox. Her younger brother, who is 21, caught it too.
“I take the kids to the doctor because they have Medi-Cal, but we have to put up with it if we get sick,” she says.
Medi-Cal, California’s insurance for low-income families, covers children regardless of their immigration status but only provides coverage to undocumented adults in specific, often extraordinary, circumstances. Yocelyn’s brother has had a high fever for two days.