Health care activists are demanding state legislators to pass California Guaranteed Health Care for All, or CalCare.
Central Coast nurses held a car caravan Saturday in San Luis Obispo to show their support for the bill.
Advocates say if passed, CalCare would provide universal health coverage for everyone - regardless of race, age, gender, and more.
"What CalCare would do is it would eliminate financial barriers to seeking care. As we've found during this pandemic, hours can make a difference between someone being intubated and on a ventilator or having a relatively easy course of care," said event organizer, Walter Heath.
Organizers of the event say the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for change.
"We look at tens of thousands of dollars every year paid out of our pockets - beyond what we pay for insurance - and that's debilitating. It's really hard to get ahead in life when you just constantly have the weight of medical bills on your back," said event organizer, Jamie Maravigilia.