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AB 678 allows California fire departments to tap into $140 million in federal dollars this year and more in years to come
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) announced the disbursement of $1.1 million in federal funds to the Elk Grove City Fire Department as a result of his bill, AB 678 which tapped into a little-known federal fund that will continue to provide additional revenue for California fire departments on an ongoing basis.
“During the economic downturn, our fire departments were hit hard with budget cuts that threatened to shut down stations and put all of us in danger,” said Dr. Pan. “We are thrilled to that as a result of a law I passed in 2011, the Elk Grove fire station was recently paid about $1.1 million dollars to keep fire fighters on the frontlines.”
The bill established a mechanism in which California fire departments can submit unpaid ambulance transport expenses for Medi-Cal patients to the California Department of Health Care Services, who then submit them to the federal government for reimbursement.
“Before AB 678, Fire Departments across the state were forced to absorb the loss between what Medi-Cal pays and what the true cost of the service was,” said Cosumnes Fire Department Chief and President of the California Fire Chiefs Association, Tracey Hansen. “The resulting revenue from Dr. Pan’s legislation is one of the biggest boosts to the California Fire Service in decades.”
Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for ambulance services, much like rates for other provider services such as hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, and physician services have not kept pace with the cost of providing the service. AB 678 was modeled after existing federal reimbursement programs for other provider services.
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), author of the law to empower parents with information about the health benefits of immunizations and the risks of opting out, was featured as part of a PBS NOVA documentary that explored why whooping cough, measles and mumps are reemerging in the United States even though they were largely eradicated a generation ago.
In the web video dedicated to Dr. Pan’s efforts in California, he speaks to the devastation that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on families and communities and why accurate information is so important. The video, on the documentary’s companion website, can be viewed here, www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/reactions-to-outbreak.html.
AB 2109 requires parents who exempt a child from school vaccinations to have talked with a licensed health care practitioner about the impacts the exemption has on the health of their family and community.
AB 678 allows California fire departments to tap into $140 Million in Federal Dollars this Year and More in Years to Come
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Fire Chiefs from three Sacramento Fire Departments today announced the disbursement of more than $6 million in federal funds to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the Sacramento Fire Department and the Cosumnes Community Services District, thanks to a 2011 law authored by Dr. Pan.
“During the economic downturn, our fire departments were hit hard with budget cuts that threatened to shut down stations and put all of us in danger,” said Dr. Pan. “We are thrilled to announce today that as a result of a law I passed in 2011, Sacramento fire stations were recently paid more than six million dollars to keep fire fighters on the frontlines.”
In Summer Night Light’s 14-week run, Mack Road Community has seen no violent crime
SACRAMENTO- As the Summer Night Light Program, which offers people a free meal, classes and activities, comes to a close on Saturday, August 30, Dr. Richard Pan applauded the remarkable impact it has had on the community, including a dramatic reduction of violent crime.
“In just one weekend this March, three people lost their lives and 15 people were injured as a result of violent crime in the Mack Road and Valley Hi communities,” said Dr. Pan, a physician and assembly member representing Sacramento. “Usually the summer months bring an increase of violent crime, but in the 14 weeks since the Sacramento Summer Night Lights program began, the exact opposite has been true.”
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.”