CA Access News

April 2010

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


What Will Federal Health Reform Mean for California?

California HealthCare Foundation

As the country finds itself at an historic turning point following the vote on national health reform, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) considers the promise of the moment, and the challenges that remain for this state. If the new law is implemented as envisioned, it has the potential to have a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of Californians. Read more

PhRMA Statement on Health Care Reform

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) issued the following statement on passage of comprehensive health care reform and accompanying reconciliation legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives:

"We continue to believe that comprehensive health care reform will benefit patients and the future of America. That's why we have been involved in this important public policy debate for more than a year and why we support action by the House to approve the Senate-passed bill along with the amendments found in the reconciliation legislation. Read more

Partner Spotlight

National Health Foundation

National Health Foundation (NHF) is an independent, charitable corporation dedicated to improving and enhancing the healthcare of the underserved by developing and supporting innovative programs that can become independently viable, provide systemic solutions to gaps in healthcare access and delivery and that have the potential to be replicated nationally.

Since its founding in 1973, NHF has been a consistent force in changing the healthcare delivery system in California. The organization has been instrumental in the development of new initiatives, programs and organizations focusing on healthcare issues throughout the state. NHF continues its commitment to improvements, currently working to develop a comprehensive, online system to provide accurate information about health care programs for uninsured and pregnant women statewide.

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Save the Date!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
CPAT Mental Health Seminar
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Emerald Plaza Board Room
402 West Broadway, Suite 1000 (10th Floor in the Office Tower, Entrance on C Street between Columbia and State)
For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or

Save the Date!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
CPAT Mental Health Seminar
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health America of the Central Valley
5130 East Clinton Way, Suite 2135
Fresno, CA 93727
For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Charlotte Phillips at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Charlotte Phillips at charlotte@perrycom.comSouthern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

CPAT Partners in the News

Cardiovascular Disease Control Through Barbershops: Design of a Nationwide Outreach Program
Journal of the National Medical Association, April 2010
African American men are diagnosed later and die more often from a variety of diseases compared to women and other racial/ethnic groups.

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program will be featured on "The Doctors," Friday, April 9, 2010. Please check local listings for details.


Californians Take Generally Positive View of Healthcare Reform
Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2010
California voters have a generally positive view of the massive federal healthcare package signed into law by President Obama last month, providing a potential boost statewide to the Democrats who pushed it through Congress, according to a new Times/USC poll.

Obama Urges Patience as Health Care Law Kicks In
San Jose Mercury News, April 1, 2010
The president's overhaul extends health coverage to 32 million people who are uninsured and will shape how almost every American receives and pays for medical treatment. Some aspects of the plan go into effect this year, but the president himself has said it could take four years for the full plan to take hold.

What Health Care Law May Mean to You
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 2, 2010
Now that President Barack Obama has signed the sweeping new health care law, which eventually will provide insurance coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans, what does it mean? In the long term, it will require most Americans to obtain health insurance. It also will offer federal subsidies to lower premiums and significantly expand eligibility for Medicaid.

Health Care Reform Likely to Ease Young Adults' Coverage
Merced Sun-Star, April 5, 2010
Beyond the storm of controversy over health care reform, here's a talking point: Parents with young adult children should sleep a bit easier at night. That's because the historic legislation provides a bigger family safety net -- a provision that allows dependent children to remain on their parents' health insurance plan with at least minimum coverage until their 26th birthday.

Small-Business Prognosis Unclear After Health Bill
Fresno Bee, April 4, 2010
Just over a week after President Barack Obama signed historic health reform into law, many small business owners doubt they'll be able to play the key role that is expected of them. The reforms count on small businesses to provide insurance for many of the 32 million uninsured. The carrot-and-stick approach includes tax incentives and competitively priced insurance exchanges -- but also fines for some businesses that don't offer insurance.

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

Health Insurance Reform and California

Had Congress taken no action, by 2019 the number of uninsured people would have grown by more than 30 percent in 29 states and by at least 10 percent in every state. The amount of uncompensated care provided would more than double in 45 states. Businesses in 27 states would see their premiums more than double. And fewer people would have coverage through an employer.(1) In addition to families and businesses struggling with high health care costs, state governments have really felt the burden.

The recently adopted health reform package expands coverage to millions of Americans, reduces premiums and out-of-picket costs, and provides the security of knowing that if you lose your job, change your job, or start that new business, you'll always be able to purchase quality, affordable care in a new competitive health insurance market that keeps costs down. Read more



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