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June 29, 2016

By Pauline Bartolone June 29, 2016

A measure that would compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose and justify drug price increases overcame a show of skepticism by Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon, passing the Assembly Health Committee 12-4 on a party-line vote.

June 29, 2016

By Ja'Nel Johnson

A key committee in the California Legislature has passed a prescription drug transparency bill after an hour-long debate Tuesday.

The bill would require drug manufacturers give advance notice to purchasers when prices increase by more than 10 percent or when a new drug costs more than $10,000.

Sen. Ed Hernandez, D- West Covina, introduced the bill. He says lawmakers should work to ensure affordability since individuals are required to purchase health insurance.

June 21, 2016

By Pauline Bartolone

Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has been priced at about $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment, but a newer regimen has been priced at $54,000. (Bob Ecker/MCT via Getty Images)

High prices for new hepatitis C drugs have forced California health officials to budget nearly $1 billion next year in additional payments for managed care plans to treat Medi-Cal patients infected with the disease.

June 16, 2016

By Lisa Aliferis JUNE 16, 2016

 

California’s $122 billion general fund budget includes money to dramatically limit a practice advocates had long lobbied against — the seizure of assets, after death, of people who had received health insurance coverage through the state’s Medi-Cal program.

June 9, 2016

POR: ARACELI MARTÍNEZ ORTEGA

Desde hoy, todo aquel que en California quiera comprar cigarrillos o cualquier producto de tabaco, deberá probar que tiene 21 años de edad.

Este 9 de junio entró en vigor la ley SBx2-7 del senador demócrata de West Covina, Ed Hernández, que al aumentar la edad para adquirir tabaco busca detener la adicción de los jóvenes al tabaco.

June 9, 2016

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Ed Hernandez about California becoming the second state to raise the smoking age to 21. Hernandez authored the bill to raise the smoking age.

Listen to the interview here: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/09/481433805/california-raises-smoking-age-to-21?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=health&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews 

June 9, 2016

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Ed Hernandez about California becoming the second state to raise the smoking age to 21. Hernandez authored the bill to raise the smoking age.

Hear it here: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/09/481433805/california-raises-smoking-age-to-21?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=health&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

June 8, 2016

A new California law that takes another bold step to limit smoking goes into effect Thursday, raising the age limit to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Another new law bans e-cigarettes from public places such as schools, restaurants and hospitals.

California will be the second state in the nation after Hawaii to have an age requirement of 21 to purchase tobacco — a feat which state Sen. Ed Hernandez, author of the bill, says he is excited about. He predicts a "significant drop" in tobacco use.

June 2, 2016

California just moved a step closer to requiring drug makers to report and justify price hikes.

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