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State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, discusses the bills he proposed during a news conference at the WellSpace community clinic in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to address an expected doctor shortage as California prepares to insure millions of new patients under federal health care reforms.

Sen. Ed Hernandez of West Covina said his bills would expand services that can be provided by nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists in order to help alleviate a shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in rural areas and inner cities. The bills are SB491, SB492 and SB493.

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