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August 3, 2016

By Sophia Lu

San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce and University of the West held a free education forum featuring elected officials.

On Saturday, July 30th, community members gathered at University of the West for an education forum. Guest speakers, former Assembly Member and Vice President of the Los Angeles Community College District Mike Eng, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., and State Assembly Member Ed Chau took the stage to speak about the importance of education and reflect on their own educational journey.

July 10, 2016

By the Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Frustrated by the rising cost of prescription drugs, California health advocates hope sunlight and a dose of shame will discourage drugmakers from raising their prices too quickly or introducing new medications at prices that break the bank.

They're promoting legislation that would require drugmakers to provide advance notice before making big price increases. Pharmaceutical companies have come out in force against the measure, warning it would lead to dangerous drug shortages.

July 6, 2016

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06 JULIO 2016

Los altos precios de las nuevas drogas para la hepatitis C han forzado a las autoridades de salud de California a presupuestar cerca de mil millones de dólares en pagos adicionales para los planes de cuidado administrados el próximo año, y así poder tratar a pacientes del Medi-Cal infectados con el virus.

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

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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

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