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:
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.
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.
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.