Press Releases

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.

August 31, 2016

Informational Hearings on Drug Prices Planned & Mylan CEO Invited to Participate

August 30, 2016

Announces Series of Informational Hearings on Skyrocketing Drug Prices

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.

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.