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Dr. Pan’s AB 511 has already raised more than $217,000 for disaster victims in California
SACRAMENTO – A new law authored by Dr. Richard Pan that went into effect this year, allows taxpayers to conveniently make voluntary contributions to California Chapters of the American Red Cross using their tax returns. Since the bill went into effect earlier this year, the fund has raised more than $217,000.
“American Red Cross personnel were some of the first to provide on-the-ground services for victims of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake near American Canyon,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “Legislation I authored last year tapped into the generosity of Californians, and we were able to raise more than $217,000 to ensure the Red Cross could provide victims with a warm place to sleep, water, clothes and other goods they need.”
ALD can be treated and stopped if it is caught before physical symptoms show
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan’s Assembly Bill 1559, requiring newborn babies to be screened for Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) which causes children that are born with the disease to slowly deteriorate, lose motor and brain function, and die, was passed out of the legislature and now goes to the Governor’s Desk for his signature.
“The key to saving a child’s life that has ALD, is diagnosing it before systems show up,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “Testing is critical because without it, we can expect that next year, 30 families in California won’t get the early diagnoses that could save their vibrant and seemingly healthy child from ALD.”
ALD, a devastating disease that can be treated and stopped if it is caught before physical symptoms show, gained greater public awareness from the 1992 Movie, “Lorenzo’s Oil”
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan’s Assembly Bill 1559, requiring newborn babies to be screened for Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) which causes children that are born with the disease to slowly deteriorate, lose motor and brain function, and die, was passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be heard next on the Senate Floor.
“Every year that California delays testing, we can expect that 30 families won’t get the early diagnoses that could save their vibrant and seemingly healthy child from this cruel disease,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “For the parents who have lost their child to ALD, it is particularly tragic and painful knowing that a simple and effective test at birth could have saved their child’s life.”
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan made the following statement regarding the new $7.5 billion water bond for the November 4, 2014, General Election ballot:
“California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record and this measure, which will bring more than $100 million to the Sacramento region for flood control management and drought relief, is needed more than ever. The bond, which does not include money for Delta Tunnels, will fund important environmental restoration projects throughout the Delta that will protect our environment and the economic health of our region.”
Dr. Richard Pan is a father, small business owner, former UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt and Lodi in the California State Assembly and serves as Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Health. Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at Well Space Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Pan met with representatives from key health and children’s groups as well as representatives from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) at the California HealthCare Foundation to discuss how alternatives to the California Children’s Service (CCS) program will best meet the complex needs of children with severe and rare illnesses.
“When it comes to the highly specialized care that children with severe and rare illnesses need, the stakes couldn’t be higher,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “It is important that as the state looks for the best approach to care for children with cancer, cerebral palsy and other severe conditions, groups on the front lines of care are at the table and helping to design a system that provides the highest quality of services.”
AB 2623 originated from a constituent’s personal experience with elder abuse
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan’s Assembly Bill 2623, which would increase training for law enforcement to prevent elder abuse, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and will be heard next on the Senate Floor.
“There are more than 200,000 cases of elder abuse reported every year in California, but for this vulnerable population, it’s even more common to stay silent and never report abuse,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “When a victim reaches out for help, it is crucial that law enforcement knows how to best provide assistance so seniors don’t continue being victimized.”
Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) released the following statement today regarding a study on the California Food Retail Industry conducted by the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
“This comprehensive report on the workforce of our state's food retail industry shows that these workers, who are vital to how Californians get their food, are being squeezed out of the middle class. At one time a career in the grocery market industry was a stable career option that allowed families in our state financial and economic opportunity. Unfortunately conditions for these workers have been in a steady decline, reducing their ability to support their families. Despite healthy growth in the industry over the last decade at a rate of 2% each year, workers’ wages have dramatically dwindled. Wages for retail food employees have declined by 12% since 1999, and by 24% since 1990,” said Dr. Pan.
(Sacramento) – Doctor Richard Pan, Democratic Assemblymember from Sacramento, joined thousands of In Home Social Services (IHSS) providers as they rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento to let Governor Brown know they want him to rescind the proposed budget cuts to IHSS. Dr. Pan, who has long advocated on behalf of IHSS workers, told the massive crowd that covered the entire south lawn of the Capitol, “I know how important it is for those patients, your clients, to have a great care giver, that’s you.” Here’s more from Dr. Pan in this Assembly Access video.
Bill Package to Senate Includes Lifesaving Genetic Disease Testing for Newborns, Accountability for Medi-Cal Payment Policies, and Prohibitions against Costly State Agency Contract Practices
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, has announced the passage of thirteen bills from the California State Assembly that will be sent to the State Senate for consideration.
Among them, AB 1559 expands statewide screening of newborns to include adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), subject of the movie Lorenzo's Oil. ALD is a genetic disorder that causes progressive, permanent damage to the nervous system. AB 1559 can save a child from this devastating and fatal disease by diagnosing and beginning treatment before its symptoms appear. On average statistically, forty children in California are born with this disease each year, and delayed diagnosis and treatment increases costs to state health programs. "Treatments that can cure these sick children if caught early enough are available. This bill will be able to save lives and save families from the trauma that comes from watching a loved one struck by ALD. As a pediatrician, I feel it is imperative, both morally and medically, to do what we can to save the lives of our state's children," said Dr. Pan.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) held a press conference to get the word out about his legislation, Assembly Bill 511. AB 511 authorizes a donation box on California state income tax forms which allows taxpayers to directly support Red Cross disaster relief services in California.
“The American Red Cross provides crucial assistance in times of need throughout the state,” said Dr. Pan. “For the first time, Californians will have a chance to donate to the Red Cross when they fill out their state income tax form. Everyone has a chance to be a hero.”
Assemblymember Pan was joined at the press conference by emergency workers and Red Cross CEO, Kathleen Weis. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.