Passage of SB 245 Expands Abortion Access for Californians 

By Allison Plette SB 245 (Gonzalez), known as Abortion Accessibility Act, as amended February 14, 2022, and as it relates to the Department of Insurance, adds section 10123.1961 to the Insurance Code to expand access to reproductive health care by Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Sponsors AB 2238 (Rivas) Establish Heat Wave Ranking System in California

By Julia Zeigler AB 2238 (Rivas), as amended March 23, 2022, would add Part 5.5 (commencing with section 71410) to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code to establish a publicly accessible ranking system for heat waves, with clear categories Continue reading

Proposed Bill Would Permit California Department of Insurance to Order Restitution to Victims of Unlicensed Insurance Sellers

By Allison Plette SB 1040 (Rubio), as introduced February 15, 2022, would amend sections 12928.6 and 12976 of, and add section 12928.7 to, the Insurance Code to authorize the Insurance Commissioner to order restitution to consumers for illegal actions by Continue reading

No Vote on Assembly Floor for California Single-Payer Health Care Bill Despite Strong Support From Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Others

By: Jackson Sullivan AB 1400 (Kalra), known as the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, as amended January 24, 2022, would have created CalCare, a state-run universal single-payer health care program enrolling all residents of California. CalCare would have Continue reading

Bail Reform Bill AB 1347 – Signed Into Law Three Years after Related Recommendations by the Department of Insurance

By Julia Zeigler AB 1347 (Jones-Sawyer), as amended on June 16, 2021, is sponsored by the California Department of Insurance and adds section 1276.1 to the Penal Code, relating to bail. The bill amends existing law that provides for the Continue reading

Passage of SB 11 Expands California FAIR Plan Coverage

By Allison Plette SB 11 (Rubio), as amended June 28, 2021, expands sections 10091 and 10094 of the California Insurance Code covering the California FAIR Plan. The amendments remove exclusions for “farm risks” from the definition of “basic property insurance.” Continue reading

California Department of Insurance-Sponsored Legislation Cracking Down on Inhumane Conditions in Private Prisons Signed by Governor Newsom

By Jackson Sullivan SB 334 (Durazo), known as the Private Detention Accountability Act, as amended September 2, 2021, adds section 679.75 to the Insurance Code and section 9506 to the Penal Code to require private detention facilities to maintain general Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Cracks Down on Inhumane Conditions in Private Prisons

By: Jennifer Wilczynski On February 8, 2021, Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) introduced SB 334 (Durazo), the Private Detention Accountability Act. Sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, SB 334 would require all Continue reading

Department of Insurance Notifies Insurance Companies of Obligation to Abide by New Mental Health and Substance Abuse Law

By Hannah Ohman On December 10, 2020, Department of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara released a notice to all health insurance companies informing them of their responsibility to follow a new mental health and substance abuse parity law. The bill requires Continue reading