Representing the 9th District
Dr. Pan Leads “Gloves Off” Fight
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.”
Restoring California's Medicaid Program
(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.
Assemblymember Pan introduces legislation to restore funding to state’s Medicaid Program
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.
Dr. Pan Leads Assembly Investigation of Medi-Cal Drug Program Fraud Allegations
(Sacramento) - Doctor Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), chair of the California Assembly Health Committee led a joint legislative oversight hearing to get to the bottom of fraud allegations at rehabilitation centers that take taxpayer dollars from the low-income drug rehabilitation program. At the hearing Dr. Pan said, “As a physician who cares for Medi-Cal patients, I understand the value and importance of Medi-Cal for the most vulnerable Californians. I am outraged to learn of the widespread and long-term fraud in the Drug Medi-Cal program.” CNN Reporter Drew Griffin has been following the story. You can watch his Anderson Cooper 360 report in this Assembly Assets video.
Expanding Newborn Screening to Include ALD
(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.
Dr. Pan: Governor Has Balanced Approach to California's Future
(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.
Dr. Pan Committed to Helping Schools and Eligible Children Secure Jeopardized Medi-Cal Funding
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.”
Dr. Pan and Sacramento Housing Alliance Host “A Season of Thanks” Event to Provide Affordable Housing and Health Coverage
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) have joined forces to present “A Season of Thanks: An Affordable Health Care Act Enrollment & Housing Information Event.” In the spirit of uniting affordable housing and health care, Dr. Pan and SHA held an event today to bring information and resources that people can use to help build healthier neighborhoods.
“Families in Sacramento have had to navigate difficult economic straits in the last few years, so this event is a step toward greater awareness for the community at large about new affordable housing and health coverage opportunities,” Dr. Pan said. “Through events like “A Season of Thanks,” we can strengthen our community and work toward a prosperous and healthy future.”
Dr. Pan, Others Announce “Take Back UC”
(Sacramento) – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) joined with students, faculty and employees of the University of California at the state capitol to announce the launching of “Take Back UC”, a statewide effort focused on reforming and strengthening the UC system and making it more affordable. Dr. Pan, who is co-chair of the bi-partisan effort with Senator Anthony Cannella, said that an affordable higher education is important for the state’s economy. “It is time to regrow California’s educated workforce,” Dr. Pan said, “the kind of workforce that built Silicon Valley, that made California home to Apple, Facebook, and other leading global companies.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Dr. Pan Recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month
SACRAMENTO - Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) joined in this October's annual national recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recognition of this year's Disability Employment Awareness Month theme of "Because we are EQUAL to the task,” Dr. Pan issued the following statement:
"Disability Employment Awareness Month recognizes that every person has a unique and valuable contribution to make to society. During my time at UC Davis Children's Hospital and the State Capitol, I've seen employees with disabilities help these critical public institutions serve the people of California. Businesses, non-profits, and the neighborhoods they serve also benefit from the dedication and leadership of courageous people overcoming these challenges. In fact, too often we leave the assets that people with disabilities have on the table. We must continue to increase awareness of the many opportunities that communities have to be more inclusive because we are all equal to the task of building a healthier California."
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