In the News

July 5, 2012

Capitol Desk: Written by David Gorn

State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) had a busy day. At Tuesday's hearing of Assembly Committee on Health, Hernandez had seven different bills heard and approved -- including two of the highest profile health care reform bills in California.

One of them, SB 951, would set the essential health benefits for California under the Affordable Care Act and the other, SB 961, would reform individual coverage in the state.

June 28, 2012

LA Times  by: Chad Terhune

A key California lawmaker said he applauds the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, but adding, "There is still so much left to achieve before 2014.”

State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate health committee, said this court decision "will put an end to unnecessary delay and allow us to deliver on the promise of this historic law by expanding health coverage to millions of uninsured Californians."

June 28, 2012

Now that healthcare has been upheld, what happens in California?

State Senator Ed Hernandez is Chair of the Senate's Health Committee, and has introduced legislation to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act's health care reforms in California.

Senator Hernandez expressed his happiness about he ruling to Madeline Brand. He is now tasked with implementing the law in California.

May 31, 2012

"And I feel tremendous responsibility to ensure that California continues to lead the nation, implementing federal reform, and that we serve as a model for the rest of this country," said Hernandez.

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May 18, 2012

I’m a firm believer that recycling should be part of our daily lives and that teaching future generations to recycle is something we all should commit to. That’s why I was thrilled to be a part of the culminating event for the Read, Write, Recycle program, a recycling challenge in the West Covina Unified School District, supported by the plastic industries of the American Chemistry Council, the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps and Keep California Beautiful.

April 30, 2012

Within the next six to eight weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue rulings that will have a significant effect on health care nationally and in California.

If the Affordable Care Act is upheld in all respects, it will be full steam ahead for reform and the effects will probably be more significant in other states.

April 24, 2012

A bill to create a federally funded Basic Health Plan for about 720,000 low-income residents would go for naught if the Supreme Court tosses out the law.

If the healthcare reform law is thrown out by theU.S. Supreme Court — as many fear could happen based on the comments of conservative justices — more than 700,000 low-income Californians could lose a once-in-a-lifetime chance to obtain affordable health insurance.

April 19, 2012

The Senate Committee on Health yesterday passed SB 961 by Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), which would change the individual health insurance market in California, in part by halting insurer denials based on pre-existing conditions. It is similar to a bill -- AB 1461 by Bill Monning (D-Carmel) -- approved by the Assembly health committee one day earlier.

Both measures are designed to conform to the federal Affordable Care Act, Hernandez said, in advance of many other states.