Press Releases

Advisory: Senate Health Committee Hearing on the Affordable Care Act: What's at Stake

January 18, 2017

Senator Hernandez continues his efforts to highlight the benefits of the ACA 

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) will convene the Senate Health Committee to highlight the benefits health care coverage has had for Californians and what there is to lose should the Republican Congress follow through with its plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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.