In his first year in the Senate Ben authored SB 277 with Senator Richard Pan, which increased the number of children receiving vaccines for dangerous communicable diseases. He was named Legislator of the Year by the March of Dimes for this successful effort. Since the new policy went into effect, rates of vaccinated school children have increased significantly.
In 2016, Ben authored a new law, SB 1408, which repealed a discriminatory state law that prohibited LGBT persons from donating organs. The San Francisco Chronicle reported extensively on this legislation that will shorten the time for everyone on the organ donation waiting list. For this effort, Ben was named Legislator of the Year by the nonprofit organization Donate Life.
Ben authored legislation that was signed into law, SB 613, that updated the guidelines used by physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These guidelines are used to ensure that patients suffering from these diseases receive care that is based on the most up-to-date research. Ben was named Legislator of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ben is a coauthor of SB 562, legislation that would establish a single payer health care system to so that all people have access to affordable medical care when they need it.
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