Adapted from Mike Pucci’s “Changing the Debate on Healthcare Costs in the US: The Triple Solution for Lower Cost, Better Quality Healthcare.” You can learn more about this topic at the upcoming CPAT luncheon seminar on July 18th and 19th.
Rising healthcare costs rank high on the list of concerns for many Californians and often, the response to rising costs tends to focus on the components of care – cutting reimbursement, price controls, and limits on access for patients in public programs when it should be focusing on the real cost-drivers.
As part of CPAT’s ongoing commitment to keep partners abreast of California’s health care reform debate, we will be providing “Year of Health Care” updates with information about the latest proposals from state leadership.
In response to the Governor’s call for better health care solutions, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) have combined their health care reform bills into a single piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 8. AB 8 passed the Assembly on June 7 and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Health Committee on July 11.
The legislation is intended to extend health insurance to over 3 million Californians who are not currently covered, dividing new funding responsibility between employers, individuals, reinvested state dollars and new federal funds.
More detailed information about AB 8 and information about the merging proposals is available at Speaker Núñez’s web site: http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a46/legislation.htm
To view additional information on the latest health care reform proposals, please visit the CPAT Web site: http://www.caaccess.org/article_yearofhealthcare.html
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the CPAT Web site: our Health Living Toolkit. You can find it on our main navigation page, by clicking here: http://www.caaccess.org/toolkit.html
Healthy living is a simple concept —but it isn’t always easy to put into practice. The materials provided in this toolkit can help ensure you start, or stay, on the right track and show you how to get appropriate medical care, including preventive health care, get the right amount of exercise, eat healthy foods, and keep your stress levels in check.
Best of all, these resources are provided in “easy to print” format so you can share the materials with your membership, colleagues, and partners.
National Health Foundation
California Partnership for Access to Treatment
Value of Medicines:
Recent medical advances, including breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research, increase our optimism for a healthier future. The development of new medicines plays an important role in that future. Mr. Pucci will share how innovation has, and will, bring new medicines that provide hope and a future for those living with disease and how prevention and better care for chronic disease is critical to controlling the cost of healthcare and helping people feel better.
Thursday, July 19th
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1. Wierenga D, Eaton R: “Phases of Pharmaceutical Development,” Office of Research and Development, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. Accessible at http://www.allp.com/drug_dev.htm
2. PhRMA: “Decade of Innovation – Advances in the Treatment of Rare Diseases,” PhRMA Profiles and Reports. April 2006. Accessed June 2007. http://www.phrma.org/files/Value%20of%20Medicine%202006.pdf
3. PhRMA: “Value of Medicine – Facts and Figures 2006,” PhRMA Profiles and Reports. Summer 2006. Accessed June 2007. http://www.phrma.org/files/PhRMA%20Rare%20Diseases%2006.pdf
PhRMA: “Decade of Innovation”
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