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Monday, February 5, 2018

(Sacramento) –  During the latest hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, Committee Co-chair Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), spoke about the challenges of making significant changes to California’s health care system. “As we dig deeper into this policy issue, we recognize that in order to be successful defining a pathway to universal coverage, we must address some obvious and potential challenges related to state and federal law,” Assemblymember Wood said.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Co-chairs Assemblymembers Jim Wood, DDS (D-Healdsburg), and Joaquin Arambula, MD (D-Fresno), announce the fourth and fifth in a series of hearings of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to be held February 5 and February 7 in Sacramento at the State Capitol, Room 4202 and will be televised on the California Channel at www.calchannel.com. The hearing on February 5 is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm or upon adjournment of the Assembly Floor Session. The hearing on February 7 is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. The final agendas, once confirmed, will be posted at the select committee’s website, http://healthcare.assembly.ca.gov/content/2017-2018-hearings.

The February 5 hearing will discuss some of the challenges to making significant changes to Californian’s health care system,” said Wood. “We will hear from experts on Prop 98 tax allocations, the Gann Limit, accessing the Medicare Trust Fund, ERISA and other federal law considerations.”

Friday, January 26, 2018

On Friday, January 26, Assemblymember Jim Wood Will Join Senators McGuire and Dodd and Assemblymember Levine, who represent communities ravaged by the wildfires in October, to co-host the subcommittee hearing. We encourage members of the public to attend. The meeting will be held at Santa Rosa City Hall, Main Council Auditorium, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, in Santa Rosa, and will begin at 10:00 am. 

The legislators will call on utility representatives, regulators and ratepayer advocates to discuss industry best practices for addressing wildfire prevention, mitigation and response, ratepayer and public expectations, setting and implementation of safety policies, and oversight.

Assemblymember Wood, D-Healdsburg, said, “The wildfires throughout California have devastated people’s lives, whether it’s the home they raised their families in or the businesses that were the heart of our economy. When we look at what role the utilities played in these horrific fires, we need to be sure that they are following the very best practices and procedures, and if not, what should be done to ensure that future families and businesses are better protected.”

“The wildfires that swept Northern and Southern California communities and woodlands as 2017 came to a close have raised many questions,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “While the investigations of the fires’ cause are not yet complete, the public has a right to know what utilities’ safety priorities and practices are, how they set them and whether serious consideration has been given to successful practices by others in the industry. California ratepayers should not have to wait months or years to find out what utilities are doing to protect the safety and security of our electrical grid and the communities it serves.”

Senator McGuire, D-North Bay/North Coast, said, “Thousands of North Bay residents have lost their homes and businesses and many escaped these devastating fires with nothing but the clothes on their backs. While there is an active fire investigation taking place, it is imperative that we review current utility safety measures and advance the conversation about potential enhancements which will better protect our communities in the years to come. We look forward to welcoming Senator Hill back to the North Bay and greatly appreciate his presence and support during the devastating October firestorm.”

Senator Dodd, D-Napa, said, “As we look at ways to better protect homes and lives from wildfires, it’s critical that we prevent fires from starting in the first place. This year I’ll be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to push for policies to help prevent wildfires caused by electrical lines. We need to see best practices adopted across the state.”

Assemblymember Levine, D-Marin County, said, “Legislative oversight brings accountability to the utilities’ practices and behavior. We must be proactive as there is no time to waste to protect Californians from potential dangers like the wildfires that claimed too many lives and destroyed thousands of our neighbors’ homes.”

The hearing follows an earlier wildfire panel that Senator Hill, as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, held in November 2015. The hearing, “Wildfires Caused by Power Lines,” examined what electric utilities had done in the years following California’s 2007 fire siege to improve safety.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

(Sacramento) -  Responding to Governor Brown’s State of the State Address, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) discussed the importance of expanding access to healthcare. “We need to do more to cover the rest of the uncovered in California,” Assemblymember Wood said. “We have made great gains; we went from 17 percent uninsured to 7 percent. We have three million people uninsured. We have to find a way to get everyone covered in California.” For his entire response, watch this Assembly Access  video.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

(Sacramento) – Members of the Legislature joined Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in announcing a package of 13 bills to help Californians affected by recent wildfires and other devastating natural disasters. Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) introduced legislation to require California insurance companies offer the option of coverage for no less than 50 percent of the extended replacement cost for a home. “Additionally,” Wood said, “this legislation will require insurance companies to advise their customers of this option, and its cost, before a policy is issued or renewed.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Co-chairs Assemblymembers Jim Wood, DDS (D-Healdsburg), and Joaquin Arambula, MD (D-Fresno), announce the third in a series of hearings of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to be held January 17 in Sacramento at the State Capitol, Room 4202. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised on the California Channel at www.calchannel.com.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Assemblymembers Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Napa), Marc Levine (D-Marin County) and Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara) and Senators Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Bill Dodd (D-Davis) announce a package of more than a dozen bills to increase consumer protections for wildfire survivors. These insurance reforms will improve insurance coverage transparency for wildfire and other disaster victims.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) honors the 31 lives that were lost in Assembly District 2 during the Northern California wildfires. “The trauma of those who lost loved ones and friends, and those who lost their homes and businesses, will be with them for a very long time. I hope they will reach out for help if the need us,” said Wood. “And for those of us who were spared, we must do whatever we can to help rebuild and restore their lives and communities.”

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Copy this link into your browser to watch the 8-hour hearing on Universal Health Care.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9ygGCwZ6RI