For years, advocates have been organizing to make healthcare access a right for all in California, regardless of their immigration status. Set against the backdrop of California’s Health4All campaign, COVER/AGE follows two leaders who have been championing the immigrant health justice movement in the Golden State. One is an elderly caregiver who has spent over a decade taking care of senior citizens, in spite of being ineligible for the same services she provides. The other is a long-time community advocate who has been organizing directly impacted people towards policy change at the intersection of immigrant, health, and gender justice. As conversations around universal healthcare and single-payer continues to gain momentum at the national level, this film highlights the urgency of expanding healthcare access to undocumented people by centering the unwavering voices of immigrant health justice leaders.
EMMA is a breast cancer survivor and caregiver who has over a decade’s worth of experience serving the elderly and has taken on some of the most heart-wrenching care work with compassion, understanding and patience. Her hard work paid off as she was honored with the Caregiver of the Year award in the Home Care Rising Summit in 2014 and in 2017 received the Outstanding Caregiver award from the agency she worked for. Originally from the Philippines, she is an active worker leader and has organized with domestic workers across the U.S. (many of whom are immigrants) in addition to being a professional home care worker. Emma is a mother and grandmother who enjoys spending her free time eating out with friends, shopping, and video chatting with her family abroad.
HÉCTOR TRINIDAD PLASCENCIA (they/them/we/us) was raised in La Puente, California by powerful Latina cis-women. As a transgender, undocumented, queer sister, son, daughter, and beloved bridge builder, Héctor’s identities and privileges shape their work and holistic approach to social justice. Grounded in community centered transformation, Héctor is guided by the belief that impacted people must be active in all aspects of movement development and implementation. Their natural progression from immigrant rights organizer to health justice and trans policy advocate led them to center health and healing as focal points of movement building and sustainability. Beyond movement magic, Héctor loves to dance, visit the woods and pays homage to their trans-cestors by continuing to exist. @hectorplascencia_ @hctr_plascencia
Since 2014, California has reduced its number of uninsured residents from 7 million to 3 million people thanks to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and additional state reforms. Despite this progress, the ACA explicitly and unjustly excludes undocumented immigrants from health coverage through federally funded programs, including Medi-Cal. The Health4All Coalition was formed by California Immigrant Policy Center and Health Access California to advocate for removing these exclusions based on immigration status.
The coalition’s years of advocacy have resulted in a number of wins. In 2016 California invested in providing full-scope Medi-Cal to all low-income children, regardless of their immigration status. Since then, “Health4All Kids” has resulted in the successful enrollment of over 250,000 undocumented children in life-saving healthcare. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a state budget plan that funded a further expansion of Medi-Cal to include low-income undocumented young adults ages 19-25, which will be effective on January 1, 2020.
However, older undocumented adults—our parents and siblings, friends and neighbors, taxpayers and workers in our economy—remain locked out of comprehensive healthcare, making them the largest population in California with no health insurance. Any effort towards universal coverage, whether in California or nationally, will not be successful until everyone, regardless of status, has access to care.
The #Health4All Campaign continues to champion this cause.
The fight to expand healthcare access for all, regardless of immigration status and age, continues both in the state of California and at the national level.
Health4All Young Adults passes with support from newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom, expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for undocumented immigrants age 25 and younger and making California the first state in the […]
SB 974 (Lara) to allow undocumented elders ages 65 and older to enroll in Medi-Cal and AB 2965 (Arambula) to do so for young adults ages 19-25 garner widespread support […]
Health4All Kids is implemented, eventually leading to over 250,000 children (and counting) enrolled into Medi-Cal.
SB 75 (Lara), aka Health4All Kids, is signed into law, expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for all income-eligible minors ages 18 and younger in California, regardless of immigration status.
Health4All legislation is introduced for the first time in California state legislature.
Affordable Care Act is signed into law, expanding healthcare access for millions of Americans and non-citizens, while excluding undocumented immigrants.
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Educators can now bring the film to their classrooms and universities through the following educational distributors.
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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Shorts Program: A Better Life
Available online 11/05 – 11/29/2020
NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
Southern US Premiere
Shorts Program: Working Life
Available online 11/06 – 11/17/2020
Select drive-in screenings in New Orleans, LA
LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
Shorts Program: Looking for Home
Available throughout October
Artist conversation on 10/16/2020 – Fri
AN UNDOCUMENTED LENS FILM SERIES
Presented by the Center for Cultural Power
10/15/2020 – Thu
Shorts Program: The Good Fight
Available 10/14 – 10/18/2020
WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL PT. 2
10/08 – 10/18/2020
Q&A Panel on 10/14/2020 – Wed
SILICON VALLEY ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
Shorts Program: Immigration Stories
Available 10/02 – 10/10/2020
MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL
2020 Shortlist: Emerging Documentary
Available 09/19 – 10/04/2020
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL
Shorts Program: The Grind
08/22/2020 – Sun
CHICANO LATINO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROJECT
07/28/2020 – Tue
Streaming throughout CA
UCLA LABOR CENTER DREAM SUMMER
06/18/2020 – Thu
Los Angeles, CA
PHILADELPHIA LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
East Coast Premiere
Undocumented Filmmakers Collective: Los Features
06/05/2020 – Fri
WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL
05/25/2020 – Mon
UC IRVINE VIRTUAL SCREENING
05/21/2020 – Thu
IMMIGRANT DAY OF ACTION COMMUNITY SCREENING
05/11/2020 – Thu
Streaming throughout CA
Cal Poly SLO CLASS SCREENING
04/29/2020 – Wed
San Luis Obispo, CA
NATIONAL ONLINE BROADCAST
04/29/2020 – Wed
in partnership w/ National Domestic Workers Alliance, Center for Cultural Power, Working Films
Cal-IHEA UC BERKELEY VIRTUAL SCREENING
04/07/2020 – Tue
Streaming throughout CA
SAN DIEGO IMMIGRANT RIGHTS CONSORTIUM
03/09/2020 – Mon
San Diego, CA
SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
02/22/2020 – Sat
Seattle, WA – Broadway Performance Hall
QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
02/08/2020 – Sat
Eugene, OR – University of Oregon
01/15/2020 – Wed
Sacramento, CA – Tower Theater
11/20/2019 – Wed
Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Independent Theater
10/30/2019 – Wed
KPJK 60.1 South Bay (CA)
10/21/2019 – Mon
KRCB 22.1 North Bay (CA)
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COVER/AGE highlights only two of the many stories within the immigrant health justice movement. This page is dedicated to the many undocumented immigrants we have lost due to an exclusionary healthcare system. We honor their lives and the ways they have impacted our families and communities.
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