Representing the 9th District
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.
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."
Governor Signs Dr. Pan Bill to Review State Outsourcing, Save Tax Dollars
SACRAMENTO – The Governor has signed AB 906, legislation authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) that will ensure California personal service contracts are reviewed to prevent state outsourcing from lasting many years longer than intended when state employees could do the work for less.
“We have a responsibility to taxpayers to not waste money on outsourcing jobs when California already has the most efficient civil service employees in the country,” Dr. Pan said.
Governor Signs Gun Safety Bills Authored by Dr. Pan
Bills would Help Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Criminals
SACRAMENTO – The Governor has signed two bills authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) that bring together the law enforcement community and gun dealers and owners in an effort to prevent the illegal possession of guns by criminals.
“These bills represent actions we can take together as communities committed to preventing gun violence,” Dr. Pan said. “We all have a responsibility to help prevent the epidemic of gun violence in our country. I am thankful the governor passed these measures to empower people to protect themselves and their communities.”
Dr. Pan to Get Answers on Drug Rehabilitation Fraud
Latest in Series of Health Committee Hearings to Focus on Fraud Reported by CNN and Center for Investigative Reporting
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has announced that the Assembly Health Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 26 to investigate cases of fraud in the Medi-Cal program by drug rehabilitation centers as reported last week by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). In this Assembly Access video, Dr. Pan says that drug rehabilitation centers that illegally inflate their patient numbers for profits take scarce resources away from low-income Medi-Cal patients.
Governor Signs Bill Supporting Co-ops Sponsored by Dr. Pan and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
SACRAMENTO – The Governor has signed legislation authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and sponsored by the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op that will ensure every consumer cooperative in California can issue and manage investment shares, providing more sustainable options for both shoppers and investors.
“Food co-ops empower people to be involved in their local communities and bring healthy food home for the family,” Dr. Pan said. “I’m proud to partner with the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op to make sure more communities in our state have the chance to benefit from a cooperative, allowing them to make important investments that will help them thrive.”
Dr. Pan Observes Child Health Day
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) today observed Child Health Day, the federally observed annual recognition when the President invites “all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite on Child Health Day in observing exercises that will make the people of the United States aware of the fundamental necessity of a year-round program to protect and develop the health of the children of the United States.”
Dr. Richard Pan is a nationally recognized leader in child health who has created many local, state and national initiatives to improve the health of children and adolescents. Dr. Pan is a practicing pediatrician who has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Davis (UCD) and continues to practice at the WellSpace Oak Park Community Clinic.
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