(Fresno) – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has proposed legislation that would make some cancer treatments more affordable. Assembly Bill 219 would limit patient out-of-pocket costs to $100 per filled prescription for covered oral anticancer medications. "We're talking about thousands of people throughout the state who can take advantage of this. People that are being denied access to treatment because they just simply can't afford it," Assemblymember Perea told KGET-TV. Here’s their story on AB 219 in this Assembly Assests video.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced legislation that would ensure cancer patients have affordable access to pill form cancer treatments.
Assembly Bill 219-Access to Cancer Treatment Act, would lower the monthly cost for chemotherapy pills from as much as $4,000 for each prescription to no more than $100 per prescription. Cancer patients in twenty-one states including New York, Oregon and Texas already benefit from laws that make pill-form anti-cancer medications more affordable.
"It's hard to believe that California is still so far behind the curve when it comes to affordable cancer treatments," Assemblymember Perea said. "For some cancer patients, oral chemotherapy is their only hope and there's no reason it shouldn't be covered by insurance like IV chemo treatments."
Insured patients receiving intravenous (IV) chemo usually make small copays for each treatment. But those same insured patients sometimes struggle to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket each month for pill-form chemo prescriptions. AB 219 would give Californians to affordable access to the best treatment for their cancer regardless of the form of that treatment.
CONTACT: Celia Mata, 916-319-2031
We are looking for two students from each high school in the 31st Assembly District to participate in Assemblymember Perea's Young Legislators Program (YLP).
The YLP is designed to educate students on the legislative process, local issues affecting the health of our community, introduce them to innovative business and technology ventures, and more. Students will learn about a variety of issues affecting Californians on day trips to locations throughout the state.
Students will meet one Saturday each month from February - August with the first class beginning in March 2013.
Applications must be returned by February 8th.
Please fill out each section. If you do not have a response please type "N/A".
There are almost 2 million veterans in California. Many times, veterans are not aware of the many resources and benefits available to them upon their discharge from service. The California Assembly is committed to connecting veterans and their families with these services.
Whether you have been separated from service for many years, or have just recently come home, I invite you to take a look at the resources on this web page or visit one of my district offices. We will help connect you to agencies and organizations that can direct you to the benefits you've earned.
Please start by filling out a Veterans Reintegration Form. Someone from the California Department of Veterans Affairs will contact you.
You can also visit my office. A member of my staff will get you started, and provide you with a copy of the Veterans Resource Book.
I hope you find these resources helpful.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
Assemblymember Perea Announces Funds Allocated in Governor Brown's Budget for Fresno Veterans Home
January 10, 2012
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has announced that Governor Brown's proposed budget has $27 million allocated for hiring staff at the Fresno and Redding veterans homes. This fully funds the Fresno veterans home.
This is an important step forward that will keep the home on track to admit the first veterans this coming fall and will allow for hiring staff in the spring of this year.
"We have all worked very hard to get the veterans home open and these funds are the result of that work," Assemblymember Perea said. "This facility will serve our local veterans well for years to come."
The California Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a job fair on January 23 to begin efforts to hire the first 70 employees.
Positions available include nursing, medicine, pharmacy, mental health services, social services, sanitation and janitorial, plant operations, grounds keeping, security, accounting and more.
Those who attend the job fair will be walked through the process of how to apply for a state job and will receive assistance in filling out State applications on computers that will be provided.
Contact: Alisha Gallon 661-364-3655
Assemblymember Perea Spearheading Effort to Open Fresno Veterans Home
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and hundreds of veterans received good news recently when the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration decided to reject Governor Brown's proposal to delay opening the new veterans home in Fresno.
Helpful Links for Veterans and their Families
Veterans Crisis Line
(800) 237-8255 or TEXT 838255
STATE OF CALIFORNIA INFORMATION
- California National Guard
- California Department of Veterans Affairs
- California Veterans Benefits Overview
- California Interagency Council On Veterans
- CalVet Home Loans
- California Veterans Employment Assistance
- California Civil Service Examinations Veterans Preference
- Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification
- California Department of Motor Vehicles Veterans and Military Personnel Information
- California Tax Information for Military Personnel
- Troops to College
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
- Veterans Affairs Homepage
- Veterans Healthcare and Benefits
or call 1877-222-8387
- VA Benefits Application
or call 1-800-733-8387
- Compensation and Pension
- VA Home Loan Guaranties
- Education Benefits
or call 1-888-442-4551
- Burial and Memorial Benefits
- Fresno County Veterans Services Office
3845 N. Clark St., Suite 103, Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 454-5436
- VFW Post 8900
3585 North Blythe Avenue Fresno, CA 93722-6304 (559) 275-4061
- San Joaquin Valley Veterans
4928 E. Clinton Wy., Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93727 (559) 255-8838
(559) 486-VETS Emergency Hotline
- VA Medical Center
2615 E. Clinton, Fresno, CA 93703 (559) 225-6100
- Fresno Veterans Center
3636th 1st St. Suite 112, Fresno, CA 93726(559) 487-5660
- American Legion
The American Legion, chartered in 1919 by the United States Congress, is a patriotic, community service veterans' organization with three million members, including men and women, in nearly 16,000 posts worldwide.
401 Van Ness Ave., Rm. 117, San Francisco, CA 94102
American Legion Post 509
3509 First St., Fresno, CA 93726
Funds Secured to Open Fresno's Veterans Home
Funds added to the budget by the legislature will allow veterans homes in Fresno and Redding to begin operations in 2013.
The battle to open Fresno's veterans home began in January when no money was set aside to open or operate the facility when construction was completed.
Assemblymember Perea and Valley veterans fought back with hope that funds would be restored to open the nearly completed veterans homes.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Central Valley veterans and the tenacity of Central Valley legislators, $4.3 million has been approved to start hiring for veterans homes in Fresno and Redding in April 2013. The first veterans will be admitted in October 2013.
Thousands of letters were written and several trips to Sacramento were made.The battle is now over. Our Central Valley veterans have come out on top and will be served by this beautiful facility for years to come.
Please visit www.CalVet.ca.gov for more information on the services that will be provided at Fresno's veterans home.
HENRY T. PEREA
NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: JANUARY 25, 2012
California State Assemblymember Henry T. Perea invites you to submit a nomination to honor a distinguished African-American leader in your community for the 31st Assembly District’s 2011 African-American Heritage Awards.
Each nominee should be a person who has, over the past year, made a significant contribution to his/her community with notable accomplishment and has not previously been recognized for their contribution. Nominees will be honored at a ceremony in February and one will be named African-American Leader of the Year.
Please feel free include letters of recommendation and/or newspaper articles that support your nominee.
We are seeking nominees from the following categories:
The criteria for the nominees is as follows:
- Must live in the 31st district communities of Cutler-Orosi, Dinuba, Firebaugh, Fowler, Kerman, Mendota, Parlier, Reedley, Sanger, San Joaquin, Selma and the city of Fresno
- Not previously honored for their contribution to the community
- Shown a strong track record of volunteerism or, if a paid employee, gone above and beyond their regular duties
Completed nomination forms and attachments can be mailed to:
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
African-American Heritage Awards
2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 5031
Fresno, CA 93721
Questions about the award may be directed to Nia Sibley at the email above or 559-445-5532.
Recently, I joined Assembly Member Henry T. Perea and local leaders on a visit to the Tulare County communities of Cutler, Orosi and East Orosi - communities that are struggling to provide safe, clean drinking water to the region.
As the newly appointed state public health officer, I wanted to hear first-hand from the individuals and families who have deep concerns about the availability of clean drinking water and the impact on their health.
Unemployment isn't just a buzz word for people in the Central Valley. It is the reality for too many of our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are out of work and searching for hope.
It's time for the state legislature to ignore partisan bickering and make job creation its primary focus. Governor Brow wants to get America to think big again, and I know many of my fellow legislators agree. In order to foster job creation, we must provide an environment that encourages business growth.
Green jobs like those within the solar industry represent one sector with huge potential for job growth. Technical advances in the solar energy industry mean companies are looking to expand but we must make the changes they are crying out for. A study by a Bay Area solar provider shows 4,000 new green jobs could be created statewide over the next ten years in the solar energy industry, but only if outdated regulations are changed.
An alternative conveyance system to deliver water across our state would not only provide much needed water infrastructure, but would provide nearly 130,000 full-time jobs over the years.
As a member of the Select Committee on Job Creation for the New Economy, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our legislature does everything in its power to encourage companies to put Californians back to work.
Because of state law, for-profit job websites cannot be listed.
The results of a state audit I requested of child protective services departments in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Alameda counties in 2011 turned up unsettling results in need of immediate attention and legislative changes.
California child welfare agencies must use all the tools available to them to keep children safe. Read this brochure to find out what needs to change and how you can help.
State Licensed Child Care Facilities Not Checked Against Sex Offender Registry
Even after a serious advisement by the state auditor in 2008, The Department of Social Services still does not use the Department of Justice's sex offender registry to identify sex offenders living or working in licensed state facilities or in the homes of foster children. The audit found one thousand address matches of sex offenders living or working at licensed facilities or foster homes across the state. While many of these addresses were outdated, further investigation led to the closure of eight facilities where sex offenders were living and nearly 40 exclusion orders were issued banning sex offenders from the location.
While current state law prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving foster child placements and running a foster or group home, they are not "expressly prohibited" from living in those same facilities. A sex offender can visit a friend or family member who operates a foster home and stay there for up to a month without legally having to submit a criminal record review.
We need to take a long hard look at tightening the law so our children are safe from child molesters!
Formal Child Death Reviews Not Done Consistently
Current state law does not require counties to review the deaths of all children they monitor who are killed as a result of abuse or neglect that have been in the foster care system. The audit showed counties are missing opportunities to learn from mistakes made prior to a child's death from abuse or neglect by not completing a child death review for every child that dies that has been in the county's custody. The audit also shows some counties have improved systems thanks to past child death reviews and recommendations, but many of the recommendations are not put into action.
If a child involved in the welfare system dies as a result of abuse or neglect a death review must be done. The number one goal of our child welfare agencies is to protect our children. If a child dies as the result of abuse or neglect we must do everything in our power to discover how it happened and find a way to fix the problem.
CPS Audit in the News
- CPS is being put under the microscope
- Bill seeks review in foster-child deaths
- Child Safety Bill Proposed
- Fresno Bee: Editorial: Deaths of foster children need to be reviewed
- 2 Valley foster homes, day-care home shut down - Fresno Bee
- California auditor criticizes agencies for failing to check sex offender registry - LA Times
- CPS Audit Finds Cracks in the System – CBS 47
Use the information below to report suspected abuse or concerns:
Child Abuse (559) 255-8320
24 Hour Domestic Violence Help (559) 233-HELP (4357)
Report concerns about possible inappropriate actions of county employees and requests to change assigned social workers.
Report concerns about the care, services or placement of children or youth in foster care, by calling 1-877-846-1602. You can also file a written complaint using the Complaint Form.
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0031
Tel: (916) 319-2031
Fax: (916) 319-2131
Hugh Burns State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: (559) 445-5532
Fax: (559) 445-6006