Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses health care expansion plans in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a healthcare address in San Diego Friday during his visit to 2-1-1, the local non-profit hotline.

Newsom’s trip is meant to “highlight California’s national leadership in the fight to make healthcare more affordable and move closer toward the goal of healthcare for all,” his campaign said ahead of the trip.

Dialing 2-1-1 in San Diego County connects residents with local health and social services.

Newsom appeared alongside Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, who he just endorsed in his bid for mayor in 2020. San Diego County Democrats were also hosting a mayor’s forum Friday.

“Out here in California, we’re not just balancing budgets, we’re setting aside historic amounts of money for an inevitable downturn in the economy as we expand our subsidies, as we commit to do more for the most vulnerable in the state,” Newsom said. “I’m just proud of that.”

During the press conference Friday, State officials explained how $98 million will go toward expanding coverage for people ages 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, coverage in California will be mandated once again starting January 2020. Newsom suggested the mandate will drive down the coverage price for middle and lower income families by about $170 per month.

“The families that have spent too many nights staying up around the kitchen table trying to figure out how they are going to pay for their rising health care premiums, their rent, their car payments — this budget provides immediate relief,” Gloria said.

Watch the full news conference below:

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