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(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.
(Sacramento) -- Doctor Richard Pan, Democratic Assemblymember from Sacramento, has authored legislation to add Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, to the list of genetic disorders all California infants are screened for when they're born. Dr. Pan says Assembly Bill 1559 can save a lifetime of debilitating problems for a child by properly diagnosing and treating ALD before its symptoms appear. Dr. Pan says other states already screen for ALD and a federal advisory committee has recommended ALD be added to the newborn screening list in all states.
(Sacramento) - Dr. Richard Pan believes that Governor Jerry Brown struck the right balance between the positive economic news and the ongoing challenges facing the state during his 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the State Legislature. Dr. Pan says he and many of his legislative colleagues are ready to work with the Governor in developing the roadmap for California’s future to meet those challenges our state is facing.
SACRAMENTO – With advances in medical care for children with special needs, there is also a growing number of students with special needs who need health care and other services at school so they can learn. Schools throughout California and thousands of low-income children rely heavily on Medi-Cal funding for school-based health programs. Unfortunately, federal and state administrative roadblocks have frozen this funding and disrupted these health programs. Last week, Dr. Pan convened a meeting at the State Capitol bringing together Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) officials and school leaders from across the state to discuss how to restore this funding to schools as soon as possible.
Dr. Pan is a pediatrician who has been active in school health and is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health. “School districts are trying to meet the needs of students who require health care and related supports to learn in school,” Dr. Pan said. “State agencies responsible for programs such as Medi-Cal that help fund these services should partner with state and local education leaders to maximize federal and state funding for supporting these students. Our meeting today is a step toward bringing education and health care agency leaders together to achieve this goal.”