CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

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

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March 2014

National Health CouncilThe National Health Council (NHC) has launched "Putting Patients First," an interactive online suite of resources to help people make informed decisions about purchasing health insurance within Covered California. This website includes new tools to help patients analyze their choices in the new health insurance marketplace, including a personalized cost calculator.

In the News

Covered California Tops One Million, Now Sets Sights on Doubling Base Estimate

Obamacare Countdown: What You Need to Know About the March 31 Deadline

PhRMA Supporting "I'm In" Campaign to Help Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials

Medicines in Development for Parkinson's Disease
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Promoting and Improving Patient Centered Access to Health Care

By Anne Im, Director of Development, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Health care organizations and advocates across the country have been working hard to respond to the new landscape of health care reform and facilitate the enrollment of millions of individuals into health care plans. Like many other community-based nonprofit organizations, AACI has been serving as a resource to those who need help with enrollment, with a focus on assisting limited English proficient (LEP) individuals and families who have additional challenges in navigating complex websites, plan options, and forms. With trained bilingual staff members on hand, individuals can come to AACI to receive help with translation and assistance with signing up for health insurance. This work is foundational to ensuring that we increase access to care.




CPAT hosts quarterly educational seminars throughout the state for its partners and serves as a resource for diverse communities.Read about CPAT's recent first quarter seminars below and stay tuned for information about the next two seminars on cancer education and innovations.

Putting Patients First: Getting Patients to the Right Health Plan

On March 13 and 14, CPAT hosted Putting Patients First: Getting Patients to the Right Health Plan in Sacramento and Los Angeles. The Putting Patients First program was introduced by Marc Boutin, Executive Vice President and COO of the National Health Council to about 150 attendees, including California's elected officials, policy makers and influential health care stakeholders. Additionally, the seminars created an opportunity to engage and listen to health care stakeholders from across the state.

You can find the event PowerPoint and additional information about here.


Join the Latino Diabetes Association at their upcoming events. For more information, visit

Inglewood - Operation A1C
March 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Building
700 Warren Lane
Inglewood, 90302

Lynwood - Operation A1C
March 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lynwood Community Center
11301 Bullis Rd
Lynwood, 90262

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

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Latino Diabetes Association

The main focus for the Latino Diabetes Association (LDA) continues to be a grassroots community based approach to preventive diabetes education and self-management.

Its classes consist of 1 1/2 hour classes once a week for 10 weeks and are taught by a combination of primarily Certified Diabetes Educators, Nutritionists/Dieticians, Promatora community health educators, and guest educators such as trusted local Podiatrists who specialize in preventive wound care and amputation prevention such as Dr. Halperin and partners at New Hope Podiatry/East L.A. Wound Care Center.

The LDA also partners with pharmacies and pharmacists that provide free glucometers to all our participants as well as general medication education including orals and insulin.




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.

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Please send your referrals to:
Northern California - Yadira Beas
Southern California - Lauren Lewow

Health Science News

Each day, new treatments are being developed to address the health challenges facing diverse communities, including African American, Asian American and Hispanic populations. Unfortunately, these communities are underrepresented in the clinical trials that test the effectiveness of treatments. We can change that. Are you in?

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371 organizations representing millions of patients, seniors, employers and Americans with disabilities as well as multiple healthcare sectors successfully urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to withdraw proposed regulations that would have significantly change the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

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