Press Releases

RELEASE: California Senate Leader and Health Chair Ask Congressman McCarthy to Drop Rhetoric and Protect Health Care of Millions

January 11, 2017

Senators De León and Hernandez implore McCarthy to see the disastrous consequences of repealing without an immediate replacement

Senate Health Chair Hernandez will hold a hearing on the ACA in Bakersfield

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

Release: Drug Pricing Transparency Bill Reintroduced for 2017-18 Session

December 5, 2016

Senator Hernandez renews his commitment for Californians to have access to affordable prescription drugs

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Bill 17 to renew his efforts to shine a light on rising drug prices in California.  

Advisory: Senate Health Leader to Speak at Covered CA Board Meeting

November 16, 2016

Chair of the Senate Health Committee and key proponent of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in California, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez will present at the Covered CA Board Meeting on Thursday, November 17.

Senator Hernandez (D-West Covina) will emphasize the need to protect health care reforms made under the ACA in the state, citing that more than 3.2 million Californians, who otherwise would be left without insurance, have access to health care because of this law.

Advisory: 2016 Veterans Service Awards

November 2, 2016

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is hosting the fourth annual Veterans Service Awards, honoring outstanding local veterans who have honorably served our country and continued to positively impact the community outside of the uniform. As Veterans Day approaches, it is essential to honor our local veterans for their patriotism, volunteerism, and accomplishments.

Release: High Cost of Drugs Impact All Californians

October 4, 2016

Senate Health Committee convened a hearing on EpiPens and drug pricing

LOS ANGELES – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) convened a Senate Health Committee hearing on the EpiPen and drug pricing on September 29th to hear from patients, families, and providers on how price increases over the past decade have impacted access to the life-saving drug epinephrine.

Release: “Whole Child Model” for CA Children’s Services Program Signed into Law

September 26, 2016

Patient-centered protections will coordinate care for children with special care needs

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 586, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina), setting forth a patient-centered framework for our most needy and vulnerable children.

Release: Synthetic Cannabinoids or “Spice” Now Banned in California

September 26, 2016

Governor signs bill to outlaw analog substances of synthetic cannabinoids

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1036, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), which bans synthetic cannabinoids in California. Starting January 1, 2017, it will be a crime to possess, sell, transport, or manufacture an analog of a synthetic cannabinoid compound.

ADVISORY: Senate Health Leader Hosts Zika Informational Townhall in Los Angeles

September 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Due to the growing public health concern over Zika virus transmission and its effect on pregnancies and the community, chair of the Senate Health Committee Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is hosting an informational townhall on the Zika virus and California's response. With Congress unable to reach an agreement on further funding for a public health response to the Zika virus, it is now more important than ever that California be prepared and doing everything possible to ensure people are protected.

Resolution Condemning EpiPen Maker Approved by CA Legislature

August 31, 2016

Informational Hearings on Drug Prices Planned & Mylan CEO Invited to Participate

Today, in the final hours of the California State Legislative session, Senate Joint Resolution 29, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), was approved by the State Legislature and will be now sent to Washington, D.C. SJR 29 urges Congress to take action against the company Mylan, which makes the EpiPen.

RELEASE: Senator Hernandez Condemns EpiPen Maker with Joint Resolution to Congress

August 30, 2016

Announces Series of Informational Hearings on Skyrocketing Drug Prices

In the final days of the California State Legislative session, Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 29 (SJR 29), urging Congress to take action against the company Mylan, which manufactures the EpiPen.