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  • Two bills protecting patients in healthcare networks deserve passage

    Two bills protecting patients in healthcare networks deserve passage
    The heathcare reforms in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remain a work in progress, with some of the law's mandates causing new problems or exacerbating older flaws. One is inaccurate lists of the healthcare providers in insurers' networks; another is surprise bills by out-of-network providers. California lawmakers have offered proposals to solve these problems, and the Legislature should pass them.
  • State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing

    State Senate panel OKs bill limiting vaccination waivers at raucous hearing
    A bill that would make childhood vaccinations harder to avoid survived its first legislative test Wednesday, after a three-hour hearing marked by raw emotion on both sides of the issue and a packed rally at which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denounced the...

    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

    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...