California does have an insurance pool. Here is the link:
There might be other plans available as others are suggesting, but at least you are guaranteed coverage. Premiums are based on age, as usual. I chose the "best" plan with the lowest out of pocket. All my expenses are covered 100% with a preferred provider (*not* HMO!) and they have great doctors. I pay a $1500 out of pocket each year and that includes deductible. Of course, I pay premiums monthly. It's never cheap... (I hope that changes at some point!)
In Oregon the state insurance pool is managed by BlueCross/BlueShield.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--currently taking methylprednisolone 40mg-taper. Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl