Eliminating Copays in Prison (AB 45)

Right now, California requires that incarcerated people pay a $5 copay when they seek medical or dental care. A $5 copay is unaffordable for many incarcerated people. As a result, some people wait to seek care until it is an emergency, which puts their health and the health of others at risk. Fair and just access to healthcare is a human right. AB 45 will eliminate prison copays, improve public health, and bring California one step closer to creating more just health care for people behind bars.

Author(s):
Assemblymembers Mark Stone, Reggie Jones-Sawyer;
Co-authors Assemblymembers David Chiu, Ash Kalra, Scott Wiener

Sponsors:
ACLU of California, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Initiate Justice.

Bill Status [Active]

Updates
Introduced (12.03.18)