California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
Some of the bills we supported over the last year were signed into law and highlights were: (AB 1422) which allowed continued funding for the California Healthy Families program by taxing the profits of MediCal managed care health plans; (AB 1269) which enables people with disabilities who are not working to continue to receive health insurance for up to 26 weeks through the California Working Disabled Program; and (SB 630) requires that health plans cover dental or orthodontic work in certain cases, such as when these services are provided as part of reconstructive surgery or needed to fix a cleft palate.
We co-sponsored Employment First Legislation (AB 287) establishing a process based in the regional centers to explore employment opportunities with young people with developmental disabilities, starting at age 14. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities will set up a committee to launch this initiative.
We are working to reintroduce a couple bills that did not make it to the Governor’s desk, including one we co-sponsored ( AB 214) that would require group health plans to offer better coverage of durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ventilators, hospital beds and walkers. Currently, plans are often capped at extremely low levels, often $2000-2500 with co-pays of up to 50% in addition to the deductible.