January 2007

In this Issue: Healthcare Feature | Larry Lucas | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Feature Articles

Call for articlesThe Year of Health Care

More than 6.5 million Californians are currently without insurance, health care costs continue to increase and a growing number of health care facilities are closing each month. These are just some of the overwhelming health-related issues facing California as we begin 2007, which many have dubbed the “Year of Health Care.”

As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to deliver his State of the State address, with a focus on confronting California’s health care crisis, our decision makers have the opportunity to substantially reform California’s health care system. Presently, policies being discussed include: coverage for the uninsured; cost containment; and increasing awareness of the benefits of preventative health actions.

Regardless of what policies are implemented in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., the California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) will continue to provide information about health care issues and proposals through our partner network. Read more...


Larry Lucas Column

Know Your Heart Health Risks

In many ways, the day was like any other. Ben, who always ate a healthy diet and knew the importance of regular exercise, headed out for his usual morning jog. Sadly, when he returned home, my dear friend Ben Ruffin collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. He was just 64 years old. Read more...

Member Spotlight

Equality California

To achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

EQCA is California’s LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization, leading efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state level through an array of strategies including sponsoring legislation and leading efforts to ensure their passage, lobbying legislators and other government officials, building coalitions, and empowering other organizations and individuals to engage in the political process. EQCA, working in partnership with California’s LGBT Legislative Caucus, has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited rights for LGBT individuals to the state with the most comprehensive LGBT civil rights protections in the nation.

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“The Year of Healthcare”
Roundtable Discussion & Luncheon

Please join CPAT for a complimentary luncheon and informative
roundtable discussion regarding your ideas and visions for health care in 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sterling Hotel
1300 H Street
Sacramento, CA
RSVP to: Dorothy at (916) 658-0144
or e-mail:

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego
Medical Office Building (MOB), Suite 113
3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA
RSVP to: Andrea at (323) 466-3445 x 240
or e-mail:

Thursday, January 25, 2007
12 noon - 2 p.m.
The Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
711 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA
RSVP to: Andrea at (323) 466-3445 x 240
or e-mail:

Be sure to Save the Date for our February complimentary luncheon on
Health Disparities in California

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Sacramento, CA

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Los Angeles, CA

Welcome New Members!

New Partners

  • Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • California Physical Therapy Association
  • Ecuadorian's Association
  • The Children's Clinic - Serving Children and Their Families
  • Project Enable
  • Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
  • Fresno Center for New Americans
  • Sacramento Community Clinic Consortium
  • Looking Inward Consulting
  • Plus 2 individual partners

In the News

State Senate leader unveils health insurance plan
December 13, 2006
Ventura County Star
By Timm Herdt

Getting the jump on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the leader of the state Senate on Tuesday proposed a healthcare plan that would insure about two-thirds of the nearly 7 million uninsured Californians by requiring them and their employers to jointly purchase coverage. Click here to read more.

SAN FRANCISCO: Health plan touted as U.S. model
November 30, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
By Rachael Gordon

San Francisco's groundbreaking plan to provide access to affordable medical coverage for an estimated 82,000 uninsured residents is an opportunity to create a system from top to bottom that could serve as a model of basic care for the rest of the nation. Click here to read more.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Identifies Top Seven Health Industry Trends of '07
November 30, 2006
PR Newswire

The year ahead will be a watershed for the health industries, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP… Click here to read more.

Healthcare Crisis Countdown
November 6, 2006
Christian Science Monitor
By David R. Francis

The healthcare system in the United States is eroding. Costs are rising too fast. More and more people lack health insurance. Companies are dumping or shrinking employee health plans. Deductibles and co-payments on medical services are rising. That's the widely agreed-upon scene. Click here to read more.

Interesting Information
  • 9 – Months ago CPAT officially formed
  • 4 – Editions of CA Access News in 2006
  • 16 – Educational seminars held in Sacramento and Los Angeles
  • 6 – Partners featured at a time on CPAT’s web site through quotes and partner spotlights
  • 7 – Languages featured on CPAT’s web site,
  • 31 – CPAT partners as of May 2006
  • 163 – CPAT partners as of December 2006


CA Access News welcomes contributions from our partners. Please contact us if you have suggestions for future events and stories by calling CPAT at (916) 658-0144, Attn: Janet.


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