CA Access News

January 2009

In this Issue: Feature | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


California Tops Nation for Uninsured

According to a recent study by the California HealthCare Foundation, more than 20 percent of Californians, about 6.6 million people, are uninsured; the highest number of any state in the nation.

Given the current economy, reductions in the levels of employer-sponsored insurance programs and layoffs are leaving many Californians without coverage. While programs like Medicaid and individual insurance purchase plans have helped some people, it is not enough to make a dent in the ever growing uninsured population.

Uninsured people come from all types of ethnic, income and age groups. That's why now, more than ever, access to treatment and information is so important for our communities. Throughout 2009, CPAT will continue to bring high-quality speakers and presentations to areas throughout the state. We believe that by holding monthly CPAT seminars, we can encourage increased dialogs between communities to ensure people are receiving the help they need to live healthy and productive lives.

The CPAT team looks forward to bringing even more events, trainings and networking opportunities to our partners in the New Year.

To read more about the study Snapshot: California's Uninsured, please download the report here.


Partner Spotlight

Latino Health AccessLatino Health Access

Latino Health Access (LHA) assists in improving the quality of life and health of uninsured, under-served people through quality preventive services and educational programs, emphasizing full participation in decisions affecting health.

Latino Health Access (LHA) is an award winning, non-profit, 501c3 organization that was established in 1993. The center was created to assist with the multiple health needs of Latinos in Orange County. Latino Health Access uses participatory approaches to community health education, while training community health workers to be leaders of wellness and change.

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CPAT invites you to a complimentary luncheon:
Advocacy — Effectively Communicating with Policymakers and the Media

During this informative luncheon, you will learn how to effectively communicate your issues and develop focused messages impacting policymakers and the news media. You’ll walk away from this training session with important tools that can help guide your health care, business and non-profit advocacy efforts while learning effective ways to influence public policy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 210
San Jose, CA 95128

Co-hosted by: Asian Americans for Community Involvement

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Charlotte at (916) 658-0144 or


Wednesday, January 28, 2009
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Molina Healthcare
Huntington Room
1 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

Complimentary parking is located onsite. Attendees will need to drive up to the parking gate and press the intercom button to let the receptionist know they are there for the CPAT Advocacy seminar.

Co-hosted by: The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Centro CHA, Inc - Long Beach Community Hispanic Association and California State University, Long beach

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Brandon at (323) 466-3445 or



IBI/NBCH Health & Productivity Forum

February 9-11, 2009 - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles

If there is only one health and productivity conference for you in 2009, you can't miss this one. IBI & NBCH -- two nationally-recognized non-profit organizations -- focus on workforce health interventions and offer lost time/lost productivity results from those initiatives. The agenda provides public and private employers of all sizes merit-based sessions offering results from successful health and productivity interventions, research insights, measurement tips and tools, case studies and networking opportunities.

Register online or contact Carly McKeon at (202) 775-9300 x 25.
Call the hotel (310-228-1234) and mention IBI/NBCH to receive the $239/night preferred room rate. Hotel room cut-off is Monday, January 12th, 2009, and early-bird Forum registration rates end January 16.


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In the News

Healthy Families program gets last-minute grant
The Sacramento Bee, December 17, 2008
The grant from First 5 California will allow Healthy Families -- which provides medical, dental and vision care -- to continue enrolling children through the end of June instead of capping enrollment beginning Thursday, as state officials were planning. Read more

Uninsured ranks rise in state
The Los Angeles Daily News, December 16, 2008
One-fifth of all Californians under age 65 were without health insurance for all or some of 2007, according to a survey released Monday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Read more

Hospital reports shows higher death rate for uninsured
The Sacramento Business Journal, November 26, 2008
Patients who pay their own tab at California hospitals are 80 percent more likely to die there than patients with private insurance. Patients covered by Medi-Cal, are 60 percent more likely to die in the hospital than folks with private insurance, according the report on hospital mortality rates in 2006. Read more

Survey finds a county in despair
The Modesto Bee, November 21, 2008
A ground-level survey, 2008 Stanislaus County Community Health Assessment, found that many residents are going without basic needs, such as food and health care, and live with a sense of hopelessness. The more than 2,800 face-to-face surveys to assess the general health of county residents from young people to senior citizens collecting data on chronic disease and the mental well-being of people in underserved areas of the county. Read more


Interesting Information

Uninsured Rates

In California, there are nearly 6.6 million people without health insurance. Many reasons attribute to the lack of insurance including cost, decreased employer benefits and the economic downturn

  • In 2006, 37.7 million workers were uninsured because not all businesses offer health benefits, not all workers qualify for coverage and many employees cannot afford their share of the health insurance premium even when coverage is at their fingertips.(1)
  • The number of uninsured children in 2006 was 8.7 million -- or 11.7 percent of all children in the U.S.(1)
  • Young adults (18-to-24 years old) remained the least likely of any age group to have health insurance in 2005 -- 29.3 percent of this group did not have health insurance.(1)
  • The percentage and the number of uninsured Latinos increased to 34.1 percent and 15.3 million in 2006.(1)
  • Nearly 40 percent of the uninsured population resides in households that earn $50,000 or more.(1)
  • The large majority of the uninsured (80 percent) are native or naturalized citizens.(2)
  • Nearly 90 million people -- about one-third of the population -- below the age of 65 spent a portion of either 2006 or 2007 without health coverage.(3)
  • The percentage of people (workers and dependents) with employment-based health insurance has dropped from 70 percent in 1987 to 59 percent in 2006. This is the lowest level of employment-based insurance coverage in more than a decade.(4, 5)

For more information please visit the National Coalition on Health Care.

  1. DeNavas-Walt, C.B. Proctor, and J. Smith. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006. U.S. Census Bureau., August 2007.
  2. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The Uninsured: A Primer, Key Facts About Americans without Health Insurance. October 2006.
  3. Families USA. Wrong Direction: One Out of Three Americans are Uninsured. September 2007.
  4. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Employee Health Benefits: 2007 Annual Survey. 11 September 2006.
  5. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Number of Uninsured Americans is at an All-Time High. 29 August 2006

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