Press Releases

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.

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.

September 26, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) has decided to stop moving SB 1010, one of the last remaining pieces of drug cost transparency legislation in the country.

“I introduced SB 1010 with the intention of shedding light on the reasons precipitating skyrocketing drug prices. The goal was transparency, making sure drug companies played by the same rules as everyone else in the healthcare industry.

July 19, 2016

High drug prices is a reason for increase

SACRAMENTO – Covered California announced a statewide weighted average increase of 13.2% for 2017, which is due in part to the loss of the federal reinsurance program and the high cost of specialty drugs.

Given Senator Ed Hernandez’ leadership as chair of the Senate Health Committee, he released the following statement:

July 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently added another violation to an already existing list of violations against Quemetco, Inc. The battery recycling facility in the City of Industry in Los Angeles County failed to maintain a functioning leak-detection system in its containment building that houses hazardous waste related to the facility’s handling of lead.

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement: