Press Releases

Statement on Senate Bill 1010

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.

Statement: CoveredCA Announces Rate Increase for 2017

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:

Statement on another safety violation by Quemetco: Battery plant failed to maintain a functioning leak-detection system

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:

Release: Drug Pricing Transparency Bill Approved by the Assembly Health Committee

June 28, 2016

SB 1010 Now Heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Health Committee approved passage of Senate Bill 1010, which provides transparency in drug pricing.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) and approved by a vote of 12-4, SB 1010 provides information on drug prices, a first step toward more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for Californians.

Statement: Supreme Court Deadlock on Immigration Plan

June 23, 2016

Ruling has potential to deny families access to healthcare

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chair of the Senate Health Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s deadlocked ruling in the U.S. v. Texas case. California allows immigrants granted deferred action to receive comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage. With this ruling, families will no longer be eligible for comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage that they would have received under President Obama’s plan.

Statement: Admissions Policy Supreme Court Ruling

June 23, 2016

Fisher v. University of Texas case

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the Supreme Court upholding the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

RELEASE: Support Continues to Grow for SB 1010 & Drug Price Transparency

June 20, 2016

CalPERS & Sac Bee Support SB 1010

Assembly Health Committee Vote on Tuesday

SACRAMENTO – Support for drug cost transparency continues to grow as momentum builds for tomorrow’s Assembly Health Committee hearing on SB 1010, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina).

Statement on the Budget Vote: Higher Education Trailer Bill - College Readiness Program

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate passed the 2016-17 budget bill by a vote of 27-11. SB 826 (Leno) is on time, balanced, includes $122 billion spending plan, appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, allocates money to the rainy day fund, and focuses on issues of poverty, housing and childcare.

Statement on Budget Vote: Increased Funding for Higher Education in California

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With the passage of the 2016-17 budget, the California Legislature made key investments to bolster higher education in the state.

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has been fighting to ensure California students have the necessary opportunities for advancement within the higher education system.

Statement on the Budget Vote: Limiting CA’s Scope of Medi-Cal Estate Recovery

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate passed the 2016-17 budget bill by a vote of 27-11. SB 826 (Leno) is on time, balanced, includes $122 billion spending plan, appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, allocates money to the rainy day fund, and focuses on issues of poverty, housing and childcare.

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