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October 9, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown approved a measure Monday to increase disclosure on prescription drug prices, the focal point of growing efforts to clamp down on climbing pharmaceutical costs.

Supporters call the law the nation’s most sweeping effort to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. The measure would require drugmakers to provide notice to health plans and other purchasers 60 days in advance of a planned price hike if the increase exceeds certain thresholds.

October 9, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday by signing a sweeping drug price transparency bill that will force drugmakers to publicly justify big price hikes.

“Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown said. “This measure is a step at bringing transparency, truth, exposure to a very important part of our lives. That is the cost of prescription drugs.”

October 1, 2017

Insurers, hospitals and health advocates are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to deal the drug lobby a rare defeat, by signing legislation that would force pharmaceutical companies to justify big price hikes on drugs in California.

September 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new law aims to cut down on waste from uneaten school lunches. Starting next year, public schools will have the option to donate their leftovers to food banks and charities.


“Here’s a way to get food that was being wasted and thrown away into the hands of nonprofits to be able to feed people,” said state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina).

September 19, 2017

California legislators sent a pair of drug-pricing bills and a host of other health care legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk to end a session dominated by a failed bid to bring a single-payer system to the state.

September 18, 2017

Last week Capital & Main spoke with the authors of Senate Bill 17, comprehensive legislation establishing transparency for prescription drug prices, a day after the bill crossed the final hurdle in the California state Senate. It’s now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. But Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) told Capital & Main that they weren’t taking a victory lap just yet.

September 18, 2017

Capitol Desk delivers the latest in health care policy and politics from Sacramento and around the state. Have an idea? Let us know.

California lawmakers approved several key health care proposals — and stalled on others — in their mad dash toward last Friday’s do-or-die legislative deadline.

September 16, 2017

In many years, the Legislature’s approval of a $4 billion housing bond and a $75 tax on homeowners who refinance to help solve California’s housing crisis would be a signature achievement.

In other years, approval of a $5.2 billion a year tax on gasoline to repair and maintain California’s rutted freeways would be a big deal. The gas tax hadn’t been touched in decades.