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Workforce Training, Stop-Loss Bills OK'd

July 12, 2013

California Healthline 

The Assembly Committee on Health last week passed SB 20 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), a bill that proposes to repay physician-training loans for doctors who choose to practice in medically underserved areas.

Health Care Forum @ City of Hope

June 10, 2013

You are invited to a forum on Health Care Reform Implementation for Employers

The forum will help you understand the employer specific provisions of the law, which provisions apply to you, and provide important dates, deadlines and milestones.

Speakers: Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. and Michael Lujan, Director, Sales & Marketing, Covered California

Date: Friday, June 28, 2013

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: City of Hope, Platt III Conference Room

1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010

Audience: Employers

California Senate Passes Two Bills That Would Expand Scope of Practice

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).


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

In addition, the Association of American Medical Colleges says that nearly 30% of California's doctors are nearing retirement age.

Covered CA Townhall

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

HEALTH CARE: Bills would expand powers of optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners

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.

SGV Editorial Board

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.

Doctors Tout Package of Bills To Curb State Physician Shortage

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).


State's doctor shortage needs emergency step

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.