Senator Hernandez Proposes Bill Committing California to Health Care Reform

April 18, 2012

Sacramento, CA –Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has introduced legislation that states the intent of the State Legislature to effectively implement the coming federal healthcare reforms in California, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court may decide in June.

Senator Hernandez’ legislation, SB 1487, would put California in position to fully enact under state law any provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) necessary to realize the “full promise” of the ACA for all Californians. The Supreme Court is expected to render a decision in June on the constitutionality of a number of provisions in the federal health care reform package, putting large portions of the ACA at risk.

“The ACA is the most significant piece of Legislation enacted since the Medicare Act and I commend the President for accomplishing what so many before him have failed to achieve. Over 3 million currently uninsured Californians are waiting for the coverage they will have under a full implementation of the ACA, and we are too far along in implementing federal health reform to stop now.” said Hernandez, “California needs to take the initiative to make these reforms a reality in our state whatever side the U.S. Supreme Court comes down on.”

Senator Hernandez remains confident the Supreme Court will uphold all or most of the ACA but stressed the need for California to be ready for any result.

“The Supreme Court won’t render a decision until June, and that will be too far into the legislative cycle to introduce a bill” added Hernandez, “I am introducing this legislation now so that we have the mechanisms in place to keep health care reform on track for our state.”