In the News

April 4, 2013

By George Skelton
SACRAMENTO — Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento.

It pits doctors — represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. — defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists.

March 14, 2013

By: Judy Lin, Associated Press

March 14, 2013

There's wide agreement that the bottleneck in California health care -- too many patients and too few doctors -- could get much worse with the implementation of federal changes.
But expect some Capitol clashes this spring on one idea to ease that congestion: allow more patient care to be done by health professionals who aren't physicians.

March 14, 2013

The Sacramento Bee

by: Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau
Citing a need for more medical professionals able to treat patients who will soon have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, state Sen. Ed Hernandez on Wednesday introduced a package of bills to expand the services that optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners can offer patients.

March 13, 2013

By  Pauline Bartolone

A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez says there is already a limited number of family doctors in the state, especially in rural areas and inner cities.

March 13, 2013

By Michael J. Mishak, LA Times

March 8, 2013

 Eligible Consumers must Apply for Class Action Settlement Before March 28

March 7, 2013


Should California Expand Providers' Scope of Practice?
This month, state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chair of the Senate Committee on Health, plans to introduce legislation that would expand the scope of practice for mid-level health care providers in California.