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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.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician with a track record of improving health in local neighborhoods, has introduced Assembly Bill 1955. The legislation is based on the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) ambitious legislative initiative for K-12 schools called Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds. Assembly Health Committee Chair Dr. Pan says AB 1955 will establish a demonstration program for school districts with over 55 percent of unduplicated high-need students to apply for adjustment to base revenue from Local Control Funding Formula towards increased library hours and other uses, and maximizes Local Educational Agency billing to Medi-Cal to pay for school nurses and mental health professionals, and help defray the cost of case management with county health services. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) -- Sacramento area restaurant and bar owners joined Doctor Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, for a news conference to announce the introduction of emergency legislation to provide relief to food facilities from the "glove law" enacted January 1, 2014 that prohibits bare hand contact with ready to eat food. "It's not about whether there are gloves or not, it should be about whether the local business and the health inspector have worked together to create a safe environment for the customer," said Dr. Pan upon announcing he is authoring Assembly Bill 2130. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
AB 369 to Ensure Treatments for Patients Continue who are Forced to Change Health Plans
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 369, authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).
AB 369 will provide the opportunity for patients that are forced to change health insurance plans in the middle of treatment for serious cases such as cancer, terminal illness, pregnancy, and other conditions to maintain their health care provider and their treatment, even if the provider is not participating in the new health plan. The passage of AB 369 comes at a critical time due to a number of individual health policies that were canceled during a four month period due to the higher standards created by the Affordable Care Act.
Restaurant and Bar Owners Rally Behind Emergency Legislation
SACRAMENTO – Today, local restaurant and bar owners joined Dr. Richard Pan, Chair of Assembly Health Committee (D-Sacramento) and Sacramento Councilmember Steve Hansen in announcing emergency legislation to provide relief to food facilities from the “glove law” enacted January 1, 2014 that prohibits bare hand contact with ready to eat food. The legislation announced at today’s press conference, AB 2130, will repeal the section of the Retail Food Code that prohibits bare hand contact with food and replaces it with the law as it existed in 2013.
“It’s not about whether there are gloves or not, it should be about whether the local business and the health inspector have worked together to create a safe environment for the customer,” said Dr. Pan upon announcing he is authoring AB 2130. “Sacramento is famous for being the Farm-to-Fork Capitol, and we continue to grow our entertainment and restaurant industry. I am committed to making sure this is a great city for our businesses to thrive in.”
(Sacramento) - Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Doctor Richard Pan, the Assemblymember from Sacramento, stood together with a diverse network of health care providers to introduce legislation that will restore funding and improve long term stability of California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). Medicaid rates in California are the lowest in the nation. “I have sought to make the Medi-Cal program more cost-effective, transparent, and accountable,” said Dr. Richard Pan, Chair of Assembly Health Committee.” “Getting a pizza delivered costs about the same as what California now reimburses doctors for Medi-Cal patient visits, it should be clear to everyone which service is worth more,” said Assemblymember Skinner, Chair of Assembly Budget Committee. Assembly Bills 1805 and 1759 will restore funding cuts that have been made to Medi-Cal rates and improve the long term stability of the program by extending primary care rate increases that have been temporarily introduced under the affordable care act. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento – Today, Assemblymembers Pan and Skinner stood together with a diverse network of health care providers including physicians, dentists, hospitals, community clinics, health plans, emergency responders and caregivers from every corner and community of California to introduce legislation that will restore funding and improve long term stability of California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal).
Medicaid rates in California are the lowest in the nation, while the state has arguably the highest practice costs anywhere in the country. At just $18 a visit for primary care services, many patients are already having a tough time finding access to quality medical care.