Press Release

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.

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:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When it comes to fixing the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system, state Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) knows there are bigger fish to fry than drug-company discount coupons. But as he told me: “You’ve got to start somewhere.” Wood’s anti-coupon bill, AB 265, was approved by the Assembly last week. The legislation is now making its way through the state Senate. It’s a tricky business, this bill, because what it would do is prohibit pharmaceutical companies from offering discounts to patients for name-brand drugs if there’s a cheaper generic available.