Our State Partners in California
With support from the National Institute, in 2015 the National Center for Youth Law monitored implementation of a first-of-its-kind California law protecting confidentiality in insurance communications for individuals enrolled on someone else’s insurance plan. Through their “Keeping It Confidential” campaign, they reached both consumers and insurance companies through strategies including the development of an informational website, monitoring insurer compliance, and advocating on behalf of consumers whose carriers were out of compliance with the law.
In 2013, the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) hosted a pro-choice policymaker bootcamp that focused on four issue areas: ACA implementation in California, equity, access, and services. CCRF also developed a working group to advocate for abortion coverage under California state health exchange insurance plans.
California Family Health Council and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (California) advocated for passage of the Direct Access to Reproductive Health Act to increase the availability and affordability of comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, in California. This bill sought to replace the current patchwork of private insurance policy requirements with a new direct access policy that would allow patients to see out-of-network reproductive health care providers when necessary to access timely care and to see in-network providers for reproductive health care without a referral. These changes are critical for improving abortion access, as many California women currently face insurance-related delays in care. To mobilize and secure support from key stakeholders and policymakers, they engaged in education and organizing efforts, with a specific focus on the Latino community. In addition to improving access to care in California, they provided a model for abortion insurance policy in the United States
California Family Health Council (CFHC) and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) (California) successfully supported passage of the Direct Access to Reproductive Health Act (AB 1954), which allows patients to seek sexual and reproductive health care services, including abortion, from a variety of different types of health care providers, without a referral, ensuring needed care can be accessed in a timely manner.
Justice Now (California) sought to monitor and implement the Anti-Sterilization Abuse Bill (SB 1135) and create a compliance report that would examine its’ implementation in state and local prisons and Juvenile facilities across California. The organization sent two rounds of Public Record Act requests to all 58 counties to gather information on their sterilization polices and to ascertain whether sterilization procedures had been performed. Using the responses, they developed grading/scoring metrics to evaluate compliance with SB 1135’s policy. The final report will be issued in Fall 2017 with information included on possible recourse or reparations for those who have been harmed by illegal sterilization practices.