CA Access News

June 2009

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


PPA Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary

On April 6, 2009, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) celebrated its fourth anniversary of helping uninsured and financially-struggling Americans get access to programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA program has helped more than 5.7 millions patients nationwide, and more than 340,000 patients in California. Also in that time, the PPA bus tour, "Help is Here Express," has traveled the country -- visiting all 50 states and more than 2,500 cities -- educating people about patient assistance programs.

As many of you know, the "Help is Here Express" is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help uninsured patients access information on more than 475 patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the "Help is Here Express" moves on, patients can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site ( or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW/1-888-477-2669) where trained operators field calls in 150 languages. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to find out if someone may qualify for a discount program.

What you may not know is that besides information on patient assistance programs, the PPA program also provides information on copayment programs, savings cards and information on more than 10,000 free health care clinics in America -- connecting more than 277,000 patients with clinics and health care providers in their communities.

To find out more about the PPA program, visit CPAT's Web site or go directly to


Pfizer MAINTAIN™ Program

A Free Medicines Program for Newly Unemployed Americans

In an effort to help recently unemployed Americans, Pfizer has developed "Medicines Assistance for Those Who are in Need (MAINTAIN)." To learn more about the MAINTAIN program and how it can help individuals in your community, please visit Also, check out the flyer and fact sheet about MAINTAIN.

Partner Spotlight

California Association for Nurse Practitioners

The California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) is the unifying voice and networking forum for nurse practitioners statewide, providing expert guidance and the advancement of the nurse practitioner profession.

The purpose of CANP is to promote a strong nurse practitioner movement through a statewide communication system; to strengthen the public image of the nurse practitioner; and to support legislative action that encourages the development of the role of the nurse practitioner and makes the health care system more responsive to the needs of the consumer. CANP was founded as the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners in 1977 by nurse practitioners from the University of California at Davis. The organization has grown into a statewide network of 21 regions with more than 2550 members.

Web site



CPAT Seminars:

June 17, 2009
Depression in African Americans
Noon - 2:00 PM
Marriott Riverside
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Sharon Bacon at (916) 498-1890 or e-mail


June 24, 2009
San Fernando Valley Roundtable Forum on Diabetes: The Diabetes Crisis Affecting the San Fernando Valley Communities
Noon- 1:30 pm
Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) Building
10641 N. San Fernando Road
Pacoima, CA 91331

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Lorena Sanchez at (323) 349-0661 ext 15 or by email at


Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Welcome New Partners

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In the News

CPAT Partners in the News!

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
The View, April 27, 2009

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, April 24, 2009

Volunteers Visit Barbershops to Trim Risk of Heart Disease
Washington Post, April 27, 2009
Working with local nursing student organizations, retired nurses and religious leaders, Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program founder Bill Releford aims to educate black men about cardiovascular disease -- the leading cause of death in the United States -- and to provide free health screenings across the country.

Would you like to share your news story? Contact Charlotte Phillips at and your organization's news story can be featured in our next edition of CA Access News.

Interesting Information

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) program is free, confidential and makes it easy for patients to find programs for which they may eligible to apply.
  • There are more than 2,500 brand-name medicines, including a wide range of generics.
  • In addition to patient assistance programs, the PPA helps patients contact government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and informs patients about free health clinics in their communities.
  • More than 40 of the assistance programs available focus on the medication and health care needs of children.
  • The PPA program assists patients with chronic disease in learning about new medicines in development that may help them.
  • The average time to see if a patient qualifies for assistance is 15 minutes.
  • Help is available via the Web site ( or via a toll-free telephone number (1-888-4-PPA-NOW/1-888-477-2669).

For more information, please visit


925 L Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814

Supported by America's Pharmaceutical Research Companies


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