Press Release

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

(Sacramento) – Following two days of hearings focused on the best ways to increase access and improve delivery of health care at the state capitol, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Co-chair of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, said additional hearings will be held throughout the state. “I’m committed to health care for all,” said Assemblymember Wood as the capitol hearings concluded. “This is an earnest effort to move the process forward. We all have the same goal.

Monday, October 23, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Co-chair of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, led a special hearing at the State Capitol on the best ways to increase access and improve delivery of health care in California. “This committee is charged with identifying a pathway to healthcare for almost 40 million Californians,” said Assemblymember Wood, who is a dentist.

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.

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.