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October 9, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown approved a measure Monday to increase disclosure on prescription drug prices, the focal point of growing efforts to clamp down on climbing pharmaceutical costs.

Supporters call the law the nation’s most sweeping effort to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. The measure would require drugmakers to provide notice to health plans and other purchasers 60 days in advance of a planned price hike if the increase exceeds certain thresholds.

October 9, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday by signing a sweeping drug price transparency bill that will force drugmakers to publicly justify big price hikes.

“Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown said. “This measure is a step at bringing transparency, truth, exposure to a very important part of our lives. That is the cost of prescription drugs.”

September 12, 2017

California bill that would require drug makers to report and justify price hikes took a big step toward reality on Monday night. The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed the legislation and it now goes to the Senate for approval, which legislative sources say may occur as soon as today.

September 11, 2017

The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 17, controversial legislation that could soon become the nation’s most comprehensive law aimed at shining a light on prescription drug prices.

The 58-10 vote easily overcame the 41 votes needed to pass, though an earlier vote late Monday afternoon had come up short at 31-6. At that point, the bill was put on call and the voting roll was kept open for less than an hour until the final vote was called.

September 11, 2017

The final week for the state legislative year opens Monday morning and it’s the last chance this year for California legislators to pass new laws.

September 7, 2017

Californians now pay more for their prescription drugs than they do for their doctors. The state spent a whopping $4 billion on drugs in 2015, and pharmaceutical companies are pushing another 12 percent increase in 2017.

The skyrocketing costs are unsustainable. The Legislature has to pass state Sen. Ed Hernandez’ SB 17 and force drug makers to provide information about how they price their products.

September 4, 2017

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia and Sen. Jeff Stone – who all represent parts of the Coachella Valley in the Legislature – play a crucial role in the fight against cancer by passing laws that help reduce the toll of cancer, which will claim nearly 60,000 lives in California this year alone.

If state lawmakers take critical preventive measures now, they could keep thousands of people from hearing the words “You have cancer” in the future.

August 29, 2017

In response to some health insurers leaving the individual market, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would ensure continuity of care for people with complex health conditions. The measure would require a new insurance firm to cover the providers of qualifying patients, even if the provider isn't in the insurer's network. The insurance industry says the bill would provide a blank check for out-of-network care in some instances.