In the News

May 30, 2017


From presidential campaign promises to congressional hearings on the price of EpiPens, 2016 was the year that public anger over the rising cost of prescription drugs boiled into a national outrage.

May 30, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

Alarmed by skyrocketing prices for some prescription drugs, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a measure aimed at increasing pressure to hold down costs to consumers by requiring more public reporting of price hikes.

May 25, 2017

By Anna Gorman May 25, 2017

Though the budget analysis released Wednesday on the GOP health care bill didn’t address California specifically, both the state’s Medicaid program and its individual market could be seriously harmed if the legislation passes, according to legislators, consumer advocates and other critics.

“I feel like I am in a bad dream,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez, the West Covina Democrat who chairs the state Senate Health Committee.

May 24, 2017

With strong majorities in the California Assembly and Senate, legislative Democrats have a range of health policy options to consider. We welcomed Senator Ed Hernandez, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, and Assemblymember Jim Wood, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee as panelists at our 2017 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference to talk about those options.

May 24, 2017


California State Senator Ed Hernandez proposed a state constitutional amendment Tuesday which would make sweeping changes to the way UC campuses are governed.

Hernandez introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 14, SCA14, in light of April’s state audit of the University of California Office of the President, which disclosed budgetary practices within UCOP that drew extensive public criticism.

May 23, 2017

By Teresa Watanabe

The University of California, under fire for controversial budget practices, would lose the autonomy it has enjoyed for 138 years under a state constitutional amendment proposed Tuesday.

May 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are proposing a change to the state Constitution and a new budget measure that would help them wrest control of spending by University of California President