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Mercury News editorial: Curing California's acute doctor shortage

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.

Obamacare fuels turf war

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Democratic lawmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to address an expected doctor shortage as California prepares to insure millions of new patients under federal health care reforms.
Sen. Ed Hernandez of West Covina said his bills would expand services that can be provided by nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists in order to help alleviate a shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in rural areas and inner cities. The bills are SB491, SB492 and SB493.

News10/KXTV --Bills Would Allow Pharmacists Optometrists to Offer Care

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.
"How is it that we're going to be requiring somebody to purchase health insurance, but yet they won't have access to a doctor?" asks Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina.

CA lawmakers look to expand scope of some medical professionals

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.

The so-called "scope of practice" bills set the stage for a massive fight with the state's physicians, who will look to protect their role as gatekeepers to medical care.

California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians

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.

And he says the health system must get ready to add as many as five million Californians to health coverage next year.

The California Healthline Think Tank

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.

Hernandez and many stakeholders say the state does not have enough physicians to meet demands of millions of newly insured Californians when the Affordable Care Act's mandatory coverage provisions kick in next year.

Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling---SATURDAY COLLECTION EVENT

February 15, 2013

The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership and Southern California Edison Present
Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program
SATURDAY COLLECTION EVENT for West Covina Residents*