California requires insurers to supply abortion coverage Friday On, Gov. Jerry Dark brown announced the enforcement of a 1975 state law facts about drugs . San Jose Mercury News: California Reverses Position On Health Insurance Abortion Coverage Spurred by faculty and personnel outrage over the refusal by two Catholic universities to cover elective abortions, Gov. Jerry Dark brown's administration on Friday announced that health insurance companies in the state can no longer deny insurance coverage for these methods. California's Section of Managed HEALTHCARE, which oversees HMOs, issued letters to seven insurance firms saying refusing to cover any abortion, whether medically necessary or not, violates the condition constitution and a 1975 state law .