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Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — With towering flames bearing down, one victim delayed escape in hopes of saving his new truck — but he could not find the keys. An elderly couple slept as danger erupted, not waking until it was too late to flee down their one-lane road. Another couple, who barely missed their chance to drive away, huddled in a pool, surrounded by fire and choking smoke; he survived, but she did not.

“This will be without a doubt the most complicated identification process this area has ever seen,” said Jim Wood, an expert in forensic dentistry who was helping identify bodies through dental records. Dr. Wood, who now represents the area in the State Assembly, also helped identify victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Lake County fires last year.

Monday, October 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES TIMES--There's often little politicians can do when wildfires strike, besides comfort the residents who lost their homes and monitor emergency efforts to make sure they're getting the help they need.

California Assemblyman Jim Wood has another job.

"Most of my work is in the morgue at this point," he said. A Democrat from Healdsburg, Wood is also a dentist who is helping law enforcement identify victims of the deadly fires in Northern California. "These are my constituents," he said.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) announce the first in a series of hearings of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to begin later this month, October 23-24 at the State Capitol.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Readers of The Press Democrat have seen opinion pieces on Senate Bill 562, the “Healthy California Act.” That bill, often called single-payer or Medicare for all, is being held in the state Assembly, and I have been criticized for not doing more to overturn that decision.

Let me be clear, I have always supported health care for all. I am a health care provider, chairman of the Assembly Health Committee and strongly believe that health care is a right.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Wood and the California Civil Justice Foundation invite you to learn from certified access specialists on how to improve access for the disabled, make your business compliant with The Americans with Disabilities Act, and reduce your risk of litigation.

Wednesday, August 2
5 - 6:30 pm

Ukiah Valley Conference Center
200 South School Street, Ukiah

Topics include:

  • How to improve access for the disabled
  • Tips for making your business ADA Compliant
  • How to reduce your risk of litigation

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Free parking is available. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Ruth Valenzuela at (707) 463-5770.

Monday, July 17, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) stood in strong support of Assembly Bill 398 as the State Assembly debated the historic climate change legislation. AB 398, and its companion legislation AB 617 and ACA 1, balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. All three passed with bipartisan support. “California needs to continue to lead the nation in the fight against climate change,” Assemblymember Wood told his colleagues during the floor debate on AB 398. “Cap and trade is just one of the very important and highly effective measures we put in place to help us create a cleaner California.” Watch this Assembly Access video to see Assemblymember Wood deliver his remarks in the State Assembly.

Friday, July 7, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) recognizes that the abuse of opioid medications has steadily increased in the past decade and we are now facing a crisis. That’s one reason why he authored Assembly Bill 715, which calls on California Department of Public Health to develop statewide opioid prescribing guidelines for acute pain. Learn more about the opioid crisis in this Assembly Assets video produced by KRCB-TV, North Bay Public Media and the Sonoma County Department of Public Health.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Today, two bills authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) to fight escalating prescription drug costs received approval by the Senate Health Committee – one step closer to becoming law and helping consumers.

AB 265 is a bill to prohibit the use of drug manufacturer coupons for brand name drugs for which there is a less expensive and therapeutically equivalent generic version. AB 315 would begin regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) – middlemen negotiators between drug companies and health plans – which are currently unregulated. AB 315 passed with bipartisan support.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Today, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) received approval from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for their request earlier this month that an audit be performed of the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Office of Statewide Planning and Development (OSHPD) to determine the impact and appropriateness of related-party transactions on skilled nursing facilities’ Medi-Cal rates and reimbursements.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO—On Friday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon held SB 562, a bill to create a single payer health care system in California, in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) who chairs the Assembly Health Committee, provides the following statement: