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November 2013

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

California News

California's health exchange, Covered California, opened for business October 1, providing an opportunity for millions of Californians to sign up for new healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Covered California and California Department of Health Care Services Release October Statistics for Health Insurance Marketplace

Covered California, November 13, 2013

Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that applications began for an estimated 370,000 individuals seeking coverage in October under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, pointing to strong consumer enrollment interest in a Covered California health plan or a low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal plan.

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Covered California Delays Online Enrollment Shutdown for a Week

By Kathy Robertson 
Sacramento Business Journal, November 15, 2013

Covered California has delayed a scheduled shutdown of its online enrollment system for upgrades until Nov. 22.

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Health Insurance Exchange Toolkit

We are 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

Federal News

On the federal side, there have been considerable problems with the national exchange. The federal exchange's website has encountered numerous problems, preventing millions of uninsured Americans from signing up for insurance. And there has been significant controversy as millions of people with health insurance received cancellation notices causing the Obama Administration and states' insurance commissioners to look into potential solutions for those individuals.

Additionally, there is less than a month left to update or to enroll in a Medicare Part D health plan as open enrollment closes on December 7. CPAT has provided open enrollment resources to assist you in your efforts to inform your network. Learn more below .

Talk of Penalty Is Missing in Ads for Health Care

By Anemona Hartocollis
New York Times
, November 10, 2013

New York’s health exchange slogan is “Today’s the Day.” Minnesota has enlisted Paul Bunyan. Oregon held a music contest, and California stresses the “peace of mind” that will come with insurance.

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Download Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Resources

Medicare Part D open enrollment is now available and people have until December 7 to update or enroll in a Medicare Part D health plan. The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide you with a Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Tool Kit to assist you in your efforts to inform your network.

Please click on the links below to read educational materials. Also feel free to make this your own and share with your network.

  • Medicare Part D fast facts: PDF | Word
  • Sample newsletter article: PDF | Word
  • Sample social media posts: PDFWord
  • Sample PSAs: PDF | Word
  • Medicare Part D pocket card: PDF

For more information, visit


CPAT's Last Two Seminars in 2013

CPAT hosts quarterly educational forums throughout the state for its partners and serves as a resource for diverse communities. CPAT hosted its two final seminars of 2013 this month, 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 professional, patient advocates and community leaders attended the seminars, helping us educate communities about preventing and treating COPD.

Program materials can be found on

CPAT hosted its northern California seminar, Unlocking the Mystery of COPD, in Mountain View on Monday, November 18.

CPAT hosted its southern California seminar in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 20, which was National COPD Awareness Day.

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 Report: Medicines in Development for Alzheimer's Disease

PhRMA, November 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that currently afflicts more than 5 million people in the U.S. In an effort to catalyze progress in AD innovation and R&D, PhRMA, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, is hosting an all-day forum to convene top industry and academic scientists, patients, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Key topics of focus will include how to accelerate the impact of pre-competitive collaborative efforts and exploring challenges in clinical trials recruitment unique to Alzheimer’s.

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Medicines in Development for COPD

PhRMA, February 2013

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lower respiratory disease that encompasses two main conditions -- chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The condition is characterized by obstructed airflow to the lungs that interferes with normal breathing. For the more than 13 million American adults that suffer from COPD, hope lies ahead as biopharmaceutical companies are working on 54 medicines to treat the disease.

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

How much do you know about lung cancer? November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Below are several resources offering important information about lung cancer.

CPAT partner resource: The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

Lung cancer blog: Lung Cancer;

News article: Column: Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Myth vs. Fact

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