In the News

June 2, 2015

By: Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon

e state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 as part of an effort to reduce smoking by young people.

February 2, 2015

By: Pauline Bartolone (Health Care Reporter @CapRadioHealth)

The Senate Health Committee says it wants to learn more about the inefficiencies in health care spending.

Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez chairs the committee.

“If we’re going to be mandating that every single person purchase health insurance, then it’s incumbent upon us to figure out what those cost drivers are,” Senator Hernandez says.

January 16, 2015

By: David Siders

October 7, 2014

By: Emily Bazar

August 27, 2014

By Tracy Seipel

San Jose Mercury News

 SACRAMENTO -- After passing the state Senate and Assembly unanimously this week, a bill limiting California's seizure of assets from the estates of Medi-Cal recipients is headed toward Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

June 24, 2014

by David Gorn
 

Bucking one provision from the governor in the recently adopted budget, a new bill co-authored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will be presented in the Assembly Committee on Health today. SB 18 would accept a $6 million grant from the California Endowment with the intention of drawing down an additional $6 million in federal funding.