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Governor signs bill by Lois Wolk to relieve patient suffering
The Reporter

Late Thursday Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law legislation co-authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Solano) expanding access to services to relieve suffering and enhance the quality of life of patients with cancer, dementia, cirrhosis and other serious illnesses — no matter their age or the stage of their illness.

Senate Bill 1004, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish standards and provide technical assistance to help Medi-Cal managed care plans provide palliative care services to patients of any age and stage of serious illness.