In the News

May 29, 2013

By: California Healthline

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On Tuesday, the state Senate passed two of three bills that aim to expand certain health care providers' scope of practice as a means to address California's primary care physician shortage, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Lin, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/28).

Background

Only 16 of the state's 58 counties have the supply of physicians recommended by the federal government.

May 28, 2013

A special forum on California’s new health care marketplace for Los Angeles area
community leaders and key stakeholders
Friday, June 7, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
Cal State LA Eagle’s Nest Gymnasium
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Co-hosted by
Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D.
and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez

April 29, 2013

The Press-Enterprise

By Jim Miller

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would let optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners perform medical tasks that now are the domain of doctors passed its first committee.

April 28, 2013

Editorial: Bills the right prescription for California's health care provider gap

LA Daily News


Starting next year, nearly 5 million uninsured Californians will suddenly have health coverage, due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Sounds great, right? But having insurance doesn't guarantee Californians can actually get care - not if there is a shortage of caregivers.

April 21, 2013

By The Times editorial board

April 17, 2013

By California Healthline
On Tuesday, California doctors announced a package of five bills that aim to address the state's physician shortage, the Sacramento Business Journal report. The bills were unveiled at the California Medical Association's annual legislative conference (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/16).

Background

April 16, 2013

By The Bakersfield Californian

Today, California needs 2,000 more doctors. Tomorrow, it will need even more than that. Additional medical schools will help, but they won't help fast enough.

What California needs is an expansion of the duties of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, optometrists and other health professionals.

April 12, 2013

Mercury News Editorial

April 12, 2013

California doesn't have enough primary care physicians. Forty-two of its 58 counties fall short of the federal government's most basic standard. The state needs another 2,000 doctors, and the situation will get dramatically worse next year -- even in Silicon Valley -- when between 2-4 million Californians obtain health insurance under Obamacare and go looking for a doctor.