Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Medical Equipment Re-Use Bill

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature today approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable including seniors and the disabled by increasing access to specialized medical equipment.

“Access to life-changing medical equipment is often out of reach because of costs and other barriers,” Sen. Dodd said. “At the same time, serviceable wheelchairs and other goods tend to be discarded after initial use. This bill will redirect these essential items to people who need them most, ensuring everyone can live with greater independence and quality of life.”

Every year, thousands of Californians require specialized medical equipment to live healthy, fulfilling lives following injury or disability. In addition to wheelchairs, this equipment includes items such as power scooters and shower chairs. Unfortunately, many people are unable to obtain the equipment, causing needless suffering. This has led to the establishment of redistribution programs such as one in Massachusetts, which reissued 860 pieces of medical equipment in 2017 valued at $1.8 million.

Senate Bill 842 directs the state to create a three-year pilot program in Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties to redistribute durable medical goods to children and adults with disabilities as well as seniors, at no charge. It heads next to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.

“This is incredible,” said Yvonne Baginski, senior senator of the California Senior Legislature. “It’s a great example of how a grassroots effort can gain momentum and grow into something that creates good for many, many people.  We are grateful that Sen. Dodd took the initiative to steward this bill through the complicated process of legislative reality.”


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.