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Students Read, Write and Recycle in the San Gabriel Valley

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.

California Healthline: How Should California Respond if Part or All of ACA Is Struck Down?

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.

Los Angeles Times: California's working poor would lose a lot if health reform law dies

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.

California Healthline: Pre-Existing Condition Reform Passes Committee

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.

BusinessWire: Senator Ed Hernandez – Former COA President – Offers Free Eye Exams to Los Angeles Community

November 1, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week Senator Ed Hernandez, former president of the California Optometric Association, participated in a mobile eye care clinic at the Barrio Youth Center in Los Angeles. The event brought dozens of people from the community, many of them receiving eye glasses and primary health care for the first time.

COA commends Senator Hernandez for his ongoing commitment to increasing access to primary eye health care in California.

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