Press Releases

Release: Drug Pricing Transparency Bill Is Approved by Senate Health Committee

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.

Advisory: Senator Hernandez’ Drug Pricing Transparency Bill to Have First Hearing

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.

Advisory: Senators Hernandez, Mitchell and the Women’s Caucus to Host Forum on Protecting Women’s Health in California

March 28, 2017

Join the Senate Health Leader, Budget Chair and Democratic Members of the CA Legislative Women's Caucus for a discussion on What's at Stake for Women's Health

SACRAMENTO – California has long embraced policies and programs that protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. As a result, health outcomes have improved, public dollars have been saved, and teen birth and abortion rates in our state are at their lowest in decades.

Statement: Senate Health Leader on the Anniversary of the ACA

March 23, 2017

Senator Hernandez recognizes the ACA accomplishments in California

SACRAMENTO – Chair of the Senate Health Committee Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the signing anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: 

Advisory: Senate Health Leader to Visit San Diego to Discuss Health Care

March 22, 2017

Senator Hernandez to convene a Senate Health Committee Informational Hearing on Friday

Senator Hernandez to participate in a health care townhall on Saturday 

SACRAMENTO – With their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the health care of millions of Californians.

Release: Diverse Coalition Supports Drug Pricing Transparency Bill

March 15, 2017

SB 17 shines a light on rising drug prices in California

SACRAMENTOSenator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), joined by co-author Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer, along with numerous other supporters, released his new drug pricing transparency legislation, renewing his effort to shine a light on rising drug prices in

Release: California Senate Leader and Health Chair Call on Congress to Reject ACA Repeal Without Adequate Replacement

March 13, 2017

Senate Resolution 26 also calls on Congress to allow comprehensive public review before a vote on the Republican plan  

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Chair of the Senate Health Committee Dr.

Advisory: Senator Hernandez To Release New Drug Pricing Transparency Bill

March 10, 2017

Business Leader Tom Steyer, Assemblymember David Chiu and a diverse coalition back Senate Bill 17

SACRAMENTOSenator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), joined by co-author Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer, along with numerous other supporters, will unveil his new drug pricing transparency legisl

Statement: Senate Health Leader Issues a Statement on Proposed ACA Replacement

March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act:

“I will have more to say about the Republican proposals to repeal the ACA after I have had time to give them a careful read. However, based on what I’ve seen and heard so far, these proposals will still result in the exact opposite of what they have promised during all their years of bashing the ACA. 

Advisory: Senate Health Leader to Participate with Legislative Colleagues in Health Care Townhall in Sonoma County

February 23, 2017

State and local leaders invite the public to discuss the future of California’s health care 

SACRAMENTOWith their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the health care of millions of Californians. Despite growing support for the law, and despite failing to come up with an alternative after six years, the Republican Congress wants to take health care away from the poor and working class in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

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