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The Vatican announced Monday that after October 1st, visitors will have to prove COVID vaccination status via a “green pass.” This rule also applies to personnel within the state.
However, they will make an exception for those traveling there for a liturgical celebration. For instance, visitors will not need a green pass during the rites involved for Easter, Christmas, Lent, etc. But, the Vatican will only open its doors for the time strictly necessary for the rite. Then, they will require personal protective equipment and social distancing.
Similarly, Italy, the country surrounding The Holy See, requires a green pass to work. Other mandates are being teased throughout Europe.
Previously, the Vatican has declared that vaccines should remain “voluntary.” However, Pope Francis said “ethically everyone should take the vaccine.” Further, he said, refusing the vaccine manifests “suicidal denialism.”
Meanwhile, Catholic parishes with thousands of congregants freely attend worship services. For example, Our Lady of Aparecida opened an even bigger building for worship this weekend in Bethel, Conneticut.
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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’
On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.
The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.
Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.
“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”
“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”
While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.
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