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Edward P. Hernandez

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  • California's Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

    Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state's Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them.
  • California lawmakers target $1,000 hepatitis pill, other costly drugs

    California lawmakers are joining the national debate over what effect high-priced specialty drugs are having on medical costs for consumers and taxpayers. A hearing Wednesday led by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is expected to feature...

    Legislation would raise smoking age in California from 18 to 21

    Legislation would raise smoking age in California from 18 to 21
    Alarmed by the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers, state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced legislation Thursday that would raise the legal minimum smoking age in California from 18 to 21. Hernandez, who is an optometrist, has support...

    Assemblyman Ian Calderon faces fines for not disclosing income

    There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family. State Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) has agreed to pay $600 in fines to the state ethics agency for three counts of failing to properly disclose tens of thousands of...

    Legislative candidates hope to capitalize on corruption issue

    A trio of Democratic lawmakers, suspended from their posts and facing possible jail time on criminal charges, are star attractions in legislative races across California even though they're not running for reelection. Republicans are using the...