California Health Care Bills

Nine bills were introduced this year that would reduce barriers to access to health care for people with disabilities.

  • AB 2 (De La Torre) Individual Health Care Coverage – Applications
  • AB 108 (Hiyashi) Individual Health Care Coverage – Cancellation
  • AB 119 (Jones) Health Insurance Premiums and Gender
  • AB 29 (Price) Dependent Coverage
  • AB 214 (Chesbro) Durable Medical Equipment
  • AB 244 (Beall) Mental Health Coverage
  • SB 810 (Leno) Single Payer Health Care
  • AB 602 (Price) Prescription Coverage.
  • AB 722 (Lowenthal) Pre-existing Conditions.

Referred to Appropriations:

Held in submission:

  • AB 29 (Price) Dependent Coverage
    Would prohibit, with some exceptions, limiting the age for dependent children covered by health care plans and group health insurance policies from being less than 27 years of age.
  • AB 214 (Chesbro) Durable Medical Equipment
    Would require coverage for durable medical equipment as part of insurance plan contracts or health insurance policies.
  • AB 244 (Beall) Mental Health Coverage
    Would expand coverage requirements to include the diagnosis and treatment of a mental illness of a person of any age and would define mental illness for this purpose as a mental disorder defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV.
  • SB 810 (Leno) Single Payer Health Care
    Would make all California residents eligible for specified health care benefits under the California Healthcare System, which would, on a single-payer basis, negotiate for or set fees for health care services provided through the system and pay claims for those services.


  • AB 602 (Price) Prescription Coverage.
    Would prohibit insurers from requiring prior authorization that requires the trial and failure of more than two formulary alternatives for pain treatment in advance of providing access to the prescribed drug, or requiring an enrollee or insured to try and fail on pain medication supported only by an off-label indication before providing access to a pain medication supported by an FDA-approved indication.
  • AB 722 (Lowenthal) Pre-existing Conditions.
    Would prohibit denial of coverage to or allow exclusion of coverage due to a preexisting condition due to a mental or physical condition that is not life threatening nor chronic or severe, that is not considered to be a present condition at the time of enrollment, and for which the enrollee or insured has not received treatment for the past 12 months.