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Senate Bill 276 will strengthen oversight of the medial exemption process, which some doctors in the state are abusing by selling medical exemptions to parents

June 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released their annual immunization assessment today, showing that the percentage of Kindergartners with permanent medical exemptions have risen once again from 0.2 percent prior to the passage of SB 277 in 2015, to 0.9 percent this year.

Senate Bill 276 will strengthen oversight of the medial exemption process, which some doctors in the state are abusing by selling medical exemptions to parents

May 29, 2019

SACRAMENTO – As our country is experiencing the greatest number of measles infections in 25 years – 940 cases this year to date – the California Medical Board voted on Tuesday to support requirements in SB 276 that there is a review of medical exemptions and allow the Medical Board to receive medical exemption data to allow investigations of unscrupulous physicians.

Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but so far in 2019 there have been 45 confirmed cases of measles; there were 21 confirmed cases of measles in 2018

May 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – As our country is experiencing the greatest number of measles infections in 25 years – 880 cases this year to date – Senate Bill 276, authored by Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, representing the San Diego area, was passed by the California State Senate on a vote of 24 to 10.

Summer Meals Program Ensures Kids Get Healthy Meals When School is Out of Session

May 21, 2019

 

Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but so far in 2019 there have been more than 30 cases of measles in CA; there were 21 confirmed cases of measles in all of 2018

April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – As California state health officials grapple with containing the outbreak of measles, Senate Bill 276, authored by Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, representing the San Diego area, was passed by the Senate Health Committee. SB 276 will strengthen oversight of the medial exemption process, which some doctors in the state are abusing by selling medical exemptions to parents.

April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – To help combat misinformation that continues to be perpetuated by some individuals opposed to Senate Bill 276, the broad coalition of doctors, parents, patients and public health officials that are working to combat fake medical exemptions that put children and communities at risk, distributed the following Fact vs. Myth sheet: 

 

MYTH: SB 276 would take away medical exemptions from children that need them. FALSE.

Legislation will protect every student’s right to be safe at school by ensuring the medical exemption process is not exploited

March 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez who represents the San Diego area, introduced SB 276 today to strengthen oversight of the medial exemption process which a handful of doctors in the state are abusing by selling medical exemptions to parents.

Coalition includes Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the No Kid Hungry Campaign, United Way, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, local school districts and Sacramento Public libraries

March 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Along with a broad collation of schools, organizations and local leaders, Dr.

February 28, 2019

Sacramento, CA— Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator who authored Senate Bill 277 in 2015 which removed all exemptions to vaccine requirements for school entry except medical exemptions, and Leah Russin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vaccinate California, a parent advocacy group working to improve public health in California by raising vaccination rates, made the following statements after today’s release of a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report that provides details of a 2018 measles outbreak among unvaccinated individuals in California.