CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide the June 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.


Advocate Advantage
Partner Spotlight
Welcome New Members
Health Science News

June 2014

Thank you to all of the participants of our June 11 and 12 seminar on Cancer: Diverse Populations and Treatment Innovations. More than 80 people joined the American Cancer Society, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Latina Breast Cancer Agency and others for this informative discussion. If you could not attend, please click here to access the seminar presentations.

In the News

Chronic Disease Patients Raise Alarm Over Cost-Sharing Prescriptions

Health Insurance Model Must Evolve

Want to Search for an Insurance Plan by Drug Coverage? That Might Soon Be Possible

Legislators Endorse Pharma Campaign for Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs (VIDEO)


Medicines in Development for Older Americans
Advocate Advantage

California Aims To Target Colon Cancer and Help Minorities Protect Themselves from Cancer

By Paula Aspiazu, MPH, CHES, Vice President, California Division Health Systems, California Division, American Cancer Society, Inc.

The American Cancer Society recently published 2014 California Cancer Facts and Figures in partnership with the California Cancer Registry of the California Department of Public Health. Each year, we strive to provide the latest data on cancer incidence and mortality, as well as the strategies that will save more lives from the disease.




The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) recently hosted its two second quarter educational luncheon seminars, Cancer: Diverse Populations and Treatment Innovations. The seminars were designed to raise awareness about cancer disparities in diverse populations and cancer treatments that are on the horizon. The seminars took place in San Mateo and Riverside, California on June 11 and 12. Pictures from our seminars can be seen below and the speaker presentations can be seen here:

Guests network as they enjoy their lunch at the CPAT seminar in San Mateo on June 11.


July 27
Familia Unida Living with Multiple Sclerosis
Annual Wheel Chair Wash and Community Health Event
4801 East 3rd St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90022
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

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About the California Pharmacists Association
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) was founded in 1869 and is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacists, technicians, and student pharmacists from all practice settings. These practice settings include community pharmacy (both independent owners and employees working in chain drug stores), hospitals & health-systems, and specialty practices such as compounding, managed care, and long term care. The CPhA mission is to promote the health of the public through the practice of pharmacy.

CPhA is led by dedicated pharmacists that serve as members of the Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to advancing the profession. CPhA professional staff manage the day-to-day affairs of the organization and are available to assist members who have questions or concerns.

CPhA Vision Statement
Optimizing the health of all Californians through pharmacist care.

CPhA Mission Statement
It is the mission of the California Pharmacists Association to promote the health of the public through the practice of pharmacy




Welcome New Partners

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 - Brandon Stephenson

Health Science News

Value of Cancer Medicines

In recent years, the United States has witnessed substantial progress in the fight against cancer. Improved cancer therapies are a significant factor contributing to advances in cancer care, with recent research reporting that cancer death rates began to fall for the first time in the 1990s. Watch the video below to see the progress that's been made, and how much further we need to go.

New Study Shows High Deductibles in Exchanges Single Out Patients
Who Need Medicines

As PhRMA's member companies strive to bring innovative new medicines and treatments into the market to improve the lives of patients, the Health Insurance Exchanges present a number of challenges because their high deductibles and cost sharing for medicines put patient health at risk and increase costs. This was evident in a new study released that detailed how Silver exchange plans, which a majority of enrollees have selected, often leave exchange enrollees to potentially pay more than twice as much out of pocket for medicines as they would in an employer plan.

Exploring Healthcare Quality from a Patient Perspective

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has launched a brief survey relating to patient views on quality. They are seeking responses from people with one or more chronic diseases or who take care of someone with a chronic disease. PFCD encourages CPAT partners to share with their networks and to take a few minutes to respond if you meet either of those categories for inclusion. The survey is accessible here -


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