Drug Prices, Opioids, And Obamacare: A Conversation With Assemblyman Jim Wood

Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline  California policymakers are facing a busy year, as a Republican-controlled Congress inches closer to rolling back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and debate over high drug costs continues. Assemblymember Jim Wood, D–Healdsburg, helps set priorities for health policymaking as chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. The former family dentist Read More »

California Doctors And Hospitals Tussle Over Role of Nurse-Midwives

  A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and qualifications to practice without physician Read More »

Anthony Rendon formally chosen as next California Assembly speaker

California Assembly members formally selected Anthony Rendon to be speaker on Monday, vaulting the Lakewood Democrat to a position he could potentially hold for almost a decade. “When the voters extended term limits in 2012 they did so because they believed the would help the Legislature be more thoughtful, more productive and more deliberative,” said Read More »

Jerry Brown proposes $170 billion budget that bolsters reserves, school spending

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a $170.6 billion state spending plan Thursday that reflects billions of dollars in new revenue, proposing that much of it go to K-12 schools, the developmentally disabled, and the blind, elderly and disabled. But the fourth-term governor, who took office amid a recession that gutted state finances, highlighted the possibility of Read More »

A Guide to New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

California’s legislators were busy throughout 2015, passing new bills that will affect the way public agencies operate. On the books are more than 50 new laws covering issues such as drought, community revitalization, medical marijuana, telecommunications and infrastructure finance. Trying to keep up with these new laws can be overwhelming for public agency leaders. Some Read More »

El Camino Hospital Applauds New Lifesaving Defibrillator Law

Hospital Announces Funding for Installation of Defibrillators throughout Los Gatos and Campbell   Mountain View, Calif. (September 8, 2015) – El Camino Hospital today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing Senate Bill 658 (Hill) into law, recognizing the life-saving importance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and making it easier and less expensive for local governments, Read More »