CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide the August issue of CA Access News, a monthly e-news publication for CPAT partners, members and supporters, which highlights current health care issues at the state and national level. We welcome your comments, suggestions and contributions.

In the News
Advocate Advantage
Partner Spotlight
Join the Network
Health Science News

August 2014

Join us for the next CPAT seminars:
September 8 and September 17

Join us for complimentary luncheon seminars on the topic of health insurance exchange formularies in California. This seminar is designed to educate healthcare consumers about insurance plan options and to provide tools that help people select the best plan that meets their health and budget needs. CPAT will host the event in Pomona on September 8 and in Sacramento on September 17.

In the News

CHI Releases Report Highlighting Public Impact of Hepatitis C, Opportunities for Action in US

New Poll Shows That Medicare Part D Is Getting The Job Done For Seniors

The FDA recently halted trials on a potential Ebola treatment

Good News for Medicare Spending, Bad News for Medicare Reformers

Medicare Part D open enrollment is approaching! This year, open enrollment starts on Wednesday, October 15 and closes on Sunday, December 7. With a wide variety of prescription drug plans to choose from, Medicare Part D has a plan that will fit any patients' needs. We encourage you to share this tool kit with your patients, constituents and stakeholders so they can be educated about the open enrollment period for this vital program. Download now

Advocate Advantage

Overcoming the hurdles to Hepatitis C care in California

By Bill Remak, B. Sc. MT, B. PH., SGNA, AHCJ; Chairman, California Hepatitis C Task Force

The California Hepatitis C Task Force was started in 2002 and we help build public and private health partnerships to eradicate hepatitis C (HCV). Our work is focused on California with additional involvement in Viral Hepatitis activities nationally and globally.




California Senator Norma Torres, California Biotechnology Foundation and the California Partnership for Access to Treatment invite you to a complimentary luncheon seminar to discuss health insurance exchange formularies in California. This seminar is designed to educate health care advocates, providers and consumers about insurance plan options and the need to provide more transparency for patients to help them select the best plan that meets their health and budget needs.

Southern California
September 8
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PDT
Western University of Health Sciences
Trendle Hall (Building 3)
309 E 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766

Parking is available in Lot #17 and a map has been provided for your convenience

To RSVP contact

Northern California
September 17
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PDT
UC Center Sacramento
1130 K Street, Conference Room B
Sacramento, CA 95814

To RSVP, click here.

Questions? Contact or (916) 658-0144.


Join the Network

About the California Biotechnology Foundation
The California Biotechnology Foundation (CBF) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving informed policy making by increasing awareness of California's life sciences industry among state, national and international audiences.

Through implementation of outreach and education programs, the mission of CBF is to inform and educate the public on new advances and discoveries within the state's biotechnology community as well as to increase awareness of the life sciences industry in California among policymakers, opinion leaders and other stakeholders.


/Biotech for California's Future

/California Biotech Foundation



September 6
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Fiesta Ranchera
Noon to 6:30 p.m.
401 N. Garfield Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640

September 14
Young and Healthy
It's Possible
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
P.O. Box 93397
Pasadena, CA 91109-3397

September 14
Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California
Annual Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
P.O. Box 40035
Studio City, CA 91614

September 19
The Wall Las Memorias Project
Wall Las Memorias Gala
6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes
501 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

September 20
Bienvenidos Casino Night
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Grauman's Ballroom
TCL Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

September 20
The American Liver Foundation - Pacific Coast & Hawaii Division
Annual Liver Wellness Symposium
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Qualcomm Building Q
6455 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121

September 21
The American Liver Foundation - Greater Los Angeles Division
7th Annual Liver Life Walk
8:00 a.m.
Ocean View Park
2701 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405

September 26
Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances
11th Annual Leadership Conference and Dulcinea Awards
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Yadira Beas at to help promote your upcoming event.

Join the Network

Joining CPAT is free of charge. The benefits of becoming a CPAT partner include receiving a monthly e-newsletter, CA Access News, and you will be invited to participate in quarterly seminars and have the opportunity to promote health events on the CPAT website. For more information, please visit and to become a partner, simply complete the application online.

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT?
Please send your referrals to:
Northern California - Yadira Beas
Southern California - Keeley Smith

Health Science News

Medicare Part D Continues to Deliver on its Promise

According to a recently completed survey of Medicare Part D beneficiaries, 86% of participating seniors are satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug plans. This high level of satisfaction crosses all demographic groups and political party lines. Medicare Part D seniors throughout the country overwhelmingly feel that their drug plans work well, save them money and help them maintain their health.

Read more

Debunking the Myths of Treating Hepatitis C

A national dialogue is needed around the value of new medicines and cures and the role they play in improving patient health and helping to manage long-term spending in the U.S. health care system. Unfortunately, the debate around hepatitis C has, for the most part, been twisted to the point that modern-day cures are seen as a nuisance rather than a monumental step forward in the battle against disease. For this reason, it is important to set the record straight on some of the misperceptions about the value of new and forthcoming hepatitis C treatments.

Read more

The 340b Drug Discount Program

Congress created the 340B program in 1992 to help uninsured, indigent patients gain better access to prescription medicines. To help achieve this goal, the program requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide discounts on outpatient prescription medicines to entities that serve high numbers of qualified patients. Over the years, however, Congress has expanded the types of entities eligible to participate in 340B, and enrollment has increased considerably.

By most accounts, the program’s scale has far exceeded its original intent. Continued oversight of the 340B program is needed to ensure it is consistent with its statutory purpose. Improved transparency of the 340B program will also help advance the program’s goals and ensure that resources are being directly used to reduce medicine costs for the patients that need it.

Learn more: The 340B Drug Discount Program


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