CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

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

May 2014

Join us for the next CPAT seminars: June 11 and 12

Join us for complimentary educational luncheon seminars about the fight against cancer, its impacts on diverse communities and innovative treatments on the horizon. CPAT will host events in San Mateo on June 11 and in Riverside on June 12. See the event calendar below for information on how to register.

In the News

Andrea Epstein: Vital Drug Program Endangered 

Vaccines, Thimerosal, MMR, Mercury Not Associated With Autism

Official Says County Health System Needs 700 New Nurses to Boost Care

New Report: Many Patients with Exchange Coverage to Pay More than Twice as Much Out of Pocket for Prescriptions Compared to Employer Plans


Medicines in Development for Mental Health
Advocate Advantage

Script Your Future to Improve Health Outcomes

By Elaine Linn, Sacramento Field Organizer, Script Your Future

Nearly three out of four Americans report that they do not always take their medications as directed, and this poor adherence leads to serious health consequences and avoidable costs. As more and more Americans are affected by at least one chronic condition, the costs continue to grow. Yet too many Americans don't understand the consequences of poor adherence.




Cancer: Diverse Populations and Treatment Innovations

Wednesday, June 11
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (PDT)
San Mateo Marriott
1770 S. Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402


Thursday, June 12
Noon - 2 p.m. (PDT)
Riverside Main Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) invites you to a complimentary educational luncheon seminar about the fight against cancer, its impact on diverse communities and innovative treatments on the horizon.

Speakers will share information about the impact cancer has on individuals and their community from the patient, provider and research perspective. Guests will also learn about the importance of clinical research and how to encourage greater participation by diverse patient populations.

San Mateo seminar - RSVP here. Questions? Contact Yadira Beas at

Riverside seminar - RSVP to John Anderson at


Patient Centered Medical Home Model in California: A Healthcare Stakeholder Leader & Legislator/Staff Briefing

Thursday, May 22
2 - 3:30 p.m.
State Capitol, Room 125

Join Assembly Health Committee Chair Dr. Richard Pan and local healthcare leaders for a roundtable discussion on Patient Centered Medical Home Models in California and hear from the California Academy of Family Physicians Fresno PCMH Initiative stakeholders on how their innovative PCMH pilot program is working to improve quality of care and reduce costs. Please RSVP to or (916) 319-2009.

Tenth Annual Healthy Minds Luncheon

Friday, May 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (PDT)
U.S. Grant Hotel - Presidential Ballroom
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

The Board of Directors of Mental Health America of San Diego County has chosen to celebrate this 10-Year Anniversary by featuring a retrospective look at the accomplishments of the past honorees and providing an update of their accomplishments since receiving the Leadership in Action Award.

For more information, please contact April Grant at

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

Join the Network

The Healthy Heritage Movement's mission is to eliminate health disparities in the African American community by providing culturally relevant resources, peer navigation and advocacy training. Their vision is to serve as the premier provider of knowledge and tools, to help end the behavior that contributes to increased high-risk, life-threatening health conditions that plague African Americans.

The Healthy Heritage Movement provides health education programs to decrease the disproportionate number of African Americans affected by chronic diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Obesity. They believe in prevention, early detection and intervention. They want to help you make the healthier choice!



Welcome New Partners

Global Genes Foundation

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

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?

Are You In?

News release

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program - Low Cost, Satisfied Beneficiaries

In April 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a spending analysis that shows the Medicare Part D program is succeeding beyond all expectations. The report highlights that Part D is delivering needed prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries at a far lower cost than expected, due to strong competition among health plans that work to keep costs low and negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for savings. Read more.


Want to receive late breaking CPAT and health care related news? Make sure to Like our Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter.

980 9th Street, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814

Supported by America's Pharmaceutical Research Companies

If you do not wish to receive future issues of CA Access News, please send an e-mail to requesting to opt out from the mailing list. Please be sure to include the e-mail address where you are receiving newsletters.