Press Releases

June 27, 2017

Senate Health Leader continues to fight Big Pharma in California for some much-needed sunshine on drug costs

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Health Committee approved passage of Senate Bill 17, which provides transparency on rising drug prices in California. 

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), SB 17 provides information on drug prices, a first step toward more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for Californians.

June 26, 2017

SACRAMENTOSenator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of the U.S. Senate Republican health care bill:

June 22, 2017

Senator Hernandez also asks for transparency and a diversity of opinions through the process

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Senate Health Leader called for the U.S. Senate to conduct transparent proceedings for their version of health care reform and implored federal leaders to learn from California’s success with the Affordable Care Act.

June 13, 2017

Senator Hernandez will tour parts of the Central Valley, speaking with community members

California is facing a drinking water crisis because more than one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water in their homes and schools each year. Some Californians have lived with this problem for a decade or more. This is a statewide issue with a large concentration of impacted communities located in the Central Valley, with Latino and low-income communities disproportionately affected.

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, six of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’, O.D. (D-West Covina) bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now advance to the Senate Floor for a vote by the entire Senate body. Among them is Senate Bill 17, which provides transparency on rising drug prices in California and is a step toward more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for everyone in the state.  

May 23, 2017

SCA 14 Changes the UC Board of Regents and the Office of the President

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 14 that makes sweeping changes to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and limits the budgetary autonomy of the UC Office of the President. 

May 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Chair of the Senate Health Committee Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the passage of the federal legislation known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the House of Representatives today:

“Just when we thought we were safe.

“Minutes ago, Congressional Republicans passed a cobbled together plan to strip coverage from millions of Americans in order to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy few.  

April 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the recent state audit of the University of California:

April 19, 2017

Senate Bill 17 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Health Committee approved passage of Senate Bill 17, which provides transparency on rising drug prices in California, on a vote of 7-2.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), SB 17 is a first step towards more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for Californians.

April 18, 2017

Senate Bill 17 will be taken up on Wednesday afternoon in Senate Health Committee 

SACRAMENTOSenator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) will present his drug pricing transparency legislation on Wednesday, April 19 to the Senate Health Committee. Senate Bill 17 renews his efforts to shine a light on rising drug prices in California.

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