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December 2013

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The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide the December 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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In the News

The following articles will update you on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, describe things to watch for this month and inform about the new areas the law will benefit. Additionally, an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Toolkit is provided to assist in educating your networks.

California's health insurance exchange: 5 things to watch in December

Los Angeles Times

Like many retailers, California's health insurance exchange is banking on a rush of December shoppers.

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Covered California Traffic Spiked Last Week

San Diego Union Tribune

Call volume more than doubled and web traffic spiked significantly on the state's health insurance exchange last week, according to data released Tuesday.

Backing up complaints from customers who said they often could not get through on Covered California's telephone help line, the exchange reported that its call centers handled 143,923 calls in the week ended Dec. 7, more than twice the 62,520 received in the last week of November. also served 640,404 unique visitors in the first week of December, the second-highest total since it opened for enrollment on Oct. 1.

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Mental health now an 'essential' benefit in Affordable Care Act

San Francisco Gate

Andrew Mackay pays $454 a month for mid-range health coverage. The 23-year-old Menlo Park resident does not smoke, he is not obese, and his blood pressure is normal. He said his insurance costs so much because he was diagnosed with a bipolar condition at age 15.

Before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, Mackay worried that his future in the health insurance system would be "terrifying" due to his pre-existing condition.

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Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Toolkit

CPAT is pleased to provide our partners and advocates with an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Toolkit to assist you in educating your network to choose the best plan and coverage for prescription medicines in essential health benefits.

The Affordable Care Act ensures health insurance and prescription medication coverage is available to all Americans, beginning in 2014. The coverage can be maintained through a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid, an employer, an insurer, or through a policy purchased on a state health insurance exchange.

The resource is intended for you to use to educate your networks on the health plans offered through the exchange, including:

  • Overview of plan designs;
  • Financial assistance in the exchange marketplace;
  • Key components of plan selection; and
  • Coverage for prescription medicines in essential health benefits.

We encourage you to make this toolkit your own by branding it with your organization logo or putting it on letterhead. Our team is happy to assist any of our partners or advocates in branding this toolkit and disseminating to your network.

Toolkit Downloads
  • Checklist to Choose a Health Plan: Word | PDF
  • Choosing the Best Plan for You: Word | PDF
  • Coverage for Prescription Medicines in Essential Health Benefits: Word | PDF

The following news articles provide insight on federal health policies and focus on the big picture: the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and committing additional resources to the fight against AIDS.

After website woes, President pushes benefits of Obamacare


Stop worrying about the website and start talking about Obamacare's benefits.

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U.S. pledges new funds to fight AIDS

New York Times

The United States will commit up to $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, President Obama said Monday at the White House.

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CPAT Event Highlights in 2013

CPAT hosts quarterly educational forums throughout the state for its partners and serves as a resource for diverse communities. Below is a recap of 2013 quarterly seminars. Special thanks to all our sponsors, speakers and elected officials who participated and made these events successful. Program materials can be found on If you are interested in co-hosting a seminar in 2014, please send an email to

Quarter 1 - Medication Adherence 101

CPAT held two "Medication Adherence 101" seminars in April, in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Christina Sochacki, R.N., J.D., Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC), presented at both seminars and was joined by Elaine Linn, the Sacramento coordinator for the National Consumers League (NCL)'s Script Your Future campaign, in Sacramento.

Quarter 2 - Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act

In May, CPAT held two "Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act" seminars in Fresno and in Riverside. The seminars informed communities about the continuum of care that hospitals, clinics and community based services will provide once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in California. The seminars touched on parity and its link to behavioral health, as well as incorporating the newly eligible into the exchange.

Quarter 3 - The Obesity Epidemic in California

CPAT hosted its third quarter seminar in Fairfield on September 19, providing the community with an expert on the California obesity epidemic. The seminar was designed to elevate awareness of the recent designation of obesity as a disease state, new research into the disease and the personal and public costs associated with obesity. Scripps Research Institute's Ken Fujioka, MD, gave an informative, yet easy to understand, presentation outlining the obesity epidemic from onset to treatment, referencing several recent well-researched studies on upcoming medications and lifestyle adjustments.

Quarter 4 - Unlocking the Mystery of COPD

CPAT hosted its final two seminars of 2013 in November, which focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). CPAT co-hosted the events with Breathe California of the Bay Area and Breathe California of Los Angeles County. The purpose of the events was to offer up-to-date information on COPD, including the behavioral and environmental factors that cause it, to explore the emerging role of clinical service providers as Accountable Care Organizations, to inform attendees about the long-term impact of early diagnosis and more. More than 200 medical professionals, patient advocates and community leaders attended the seminars, helping us educate communities about preventing and treating COPD.

Thank You CPAT Event Sponsors!

The following CPAT members provided education and outreach by sponsoring our quarterly seminars in 2013. We could not have done it without you.

  • Breathe California of the Bay Area
  • Breathe California of Los Angeles County
  • California Chronic Care Coalition
  • California Senior Advocates League
  • Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC)
  • El Camino Hospital of the Silicon Valley
  • Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners
  • MARTSE Training Services
  • Mental Health Systems - Central Valley Regional Office
  • National Consumers League
  • Obesity Action Coalition

Thank You Elected Representatives!

Thank you to all the elected representatives who either attended or sent a representative to CPAT’s seminars.

  • Congressman Jim Costa
  • Congressman John Campbell
  • Congressman John Garamendi
  • Senator Bill Emmerson
  • Senator Bob Huff
  • Senator Lois Wolk
  • Senator Mimi Walters
  • Senator Richard Roth
  • Senator Tom Berryhill
  • California State Senate Health Committee
  • Assemblyman Allan Mansoor
  • Assemblywoman Diane Harkey
  • Assemblymember Eric Linder
  • Assemblymember Frank Bigelow
  • Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
  • Assemblymember Jim Patterson
  • Assemblymember Melissa Melendez
  • Assemblyman Richard Pan
  • Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson
  • Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea
  • Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries
  • Riverside Councilmember Nancy Hart
  • Riverside Councilmember Steve Adams
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan
  • Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez
  • Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering


CPAT Partner Events

Medi-Cal Cuts on Patient Access to Prescription Drugs Webinar
January 20, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (PST)

Register now for the timely Impact of Medi-Cal Cuts on Patient Access to Prescription Drugs webinar on January 20, 2014 and receive answers to all your questions! Earn CE without the hassle of traveling from the comfort of your home or office!

Participants will:

  • Receive the latest information from Medi-Cal / Department of Health Care Services;
  • Get an update on status of coalition lawsuit;
  • Get an update on conversations with CMS and federal officials; and
  • Hear about CPhA's legislative strategy for 2014.

For a full background on this topic, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Ker Thao, Education Coordinator, at or (916) 779-4524.

The Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area (COBA) Conference
Saturday, February 22, 2014
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PST)

UCSF Medical Center Conference Hall
500 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143

General Admission: $80
Student/Food Activist under 30: $60

This Conference brings together local stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to promote innovation and provide insight into work being done on this critical issue.

Participants will walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of childhood obesity and knowledge of the challenges impacting different fields and individuals.

For more information, visit

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

Join the Network

Join Now

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

Northern California - Contact Yadira Beas at

Southern California - Contact Lauren Lewow at

Related Industry News

New Campaign Launches to Stop Counterfeit Medicine


Fake medicines put patients and the public at risk. In the U.S. almost all fake medicines enter the drug supply through purchases over the internet. This is a pervasive problem all around the world.

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The Right (and Wrong) Way to Donate During a Disaster


Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, all of us ache for those who have been, and will continue to be, affected by the storm's toll. It's a common reaction in the face of disaster to think to ourselves: "what can I do to help?" But it's worthwhile to exercise caution here -- sometimes the actions we take to try and help are not helpful at all.

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Happy 10th Birthday Medicare Part D!

To learn why seniors all over the state and nation are grateful for Medicare Part D, check out these great YouTube videos. Then, write, call or even tweet your representative and let them know how important Medicare Part D benefits are to you or your loved ones.

Click below to watch each video:

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