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September 2013

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


Addressing Obesity in America - October 22 in Los AngelesSee Which Medicines Are Making Their Way Down the Pipeline: Vaccines

California Report

California is just days away from taking its next big step towards the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. On October 1, Covered California will open its online marketplaces where the uninsured can shop for new plans. Read information about the state's health benefit exchange below.

Ask Emily: What do I need to know about the Affordable Care Act?

Sacramento Bee, September 22, 2013

Love it or hate it (or don't know anything about it), Obamacare is here. And President Barack Obama's new health care law, known officially as the Affordable Care Act, confronts a critical first test in a matter of days.

Q: Why should I care?

A: Excellent starting point. Why? Because Obamacare changes the rules of the health insurance game. From Jan. 1 forward, you will have to have a minimum level of health coverage or pay a tax penalty.

The tax starts at $95 per adult in 2014 (or 1 percent of annual household income, whichever is greater) and grows to $695 by 2016 and beyond (or 2.5 percent of income). The penalty for children is half the adult rate.

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Officials: Covered California On Track for Open Enrollment on Oct. 1

California Healthline, September 10, 2013

Covered California officials say the online health insurance marketplace will be open for enrollment on Oct. 1 as scheduled, despite concerns about potential delays, the Los Angeles Times' "Money & Co." reports (Terhune, "Money & Co.," Los Angeles Times, 9/9).

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Federal Report

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is quickly approaching on October 15 and people are preparing for the upcoming changes. Below is an informative article about the newly released Medicare Part D senior satisfaction survey and a fact sheet about the Part D program.

9 Of 10 Seniors Satisfied With Medicare Drug Benefit Decade After Bush Ok'd Entitlement

Forbes, September 17, 2013

Nine of 10 seniors are satisfied with their drug coverage a decade after then President George W. Bush signed into law the massive prescription entitlement for millions of elderly Americans under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.

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Fast Facts about the Medicare Part D Program

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, September 12, 2013

Begun in 2006, Part D is Medicare's program that provides outpatient prescription drug coverage to seniors and disabled individuals, including extra help to low income persons.

Part D Stakeholders Work Together for Beneficiaries

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The Advocate Advantage

This month our featured advocate, John Kehoe of the California Senior Advocates League, discusses Medicare Part D Open Enrollment and what we can expect come October 15.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment: New Year, Access to New Treatments

John KehoeBy John Kehoe

Autumn leaves begin to color and fall. The calendar reminds us that it is open enrollment for Medicare. Open Enrollment begins on Tuesday, October 15 and lasts through Saturday, December 7. It's the season to review Medicare coverage, and look at new health care plans and medicines.

Part D has opened many doors to treatment for patients. It has resulted in dramatic cost reductions to the Medicare program, while at the same time giving patients a wide variety of medicines to improve their health and conquer life threatening diseases.

Medicare Part D helps patients gain accesses to cutting edge treatments, allowing them to better manage chronic conditions. There are new approaches to respiratory problems like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

With new emphasis on this area, the conditions are commonly referred to as COPD or formally called "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease." According to the World Health Organization, a life is taken every 10 seconds due to this disease.

Some of the best and brightest minds in research have developed medicines to fight COPD. Together the minds of medicine and medical research have focused on the early detection of COPD, as it is critical.

With tests for early detection becoming a reality, there is talk of incorporating testing for COPD into an existing lung cancer screening program. Early data seems to find this to be a good step. These researchers do conclude that the cost effectiveness, risks of the screening system and the appropriateness of the current criteria need further evaluation.

Progress is being made in the fight against COPD and starting October 15, consumers may even find these tests available through Medicare.


CPAT hosts health-related events throughout the state to educate its partners and communities and to serve as a resource. Join us for upcoming events which will focus on obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Upcoming CPAT Events - Mark Your Calendar!

October 22, 2013

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Addressing Obesity in America

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Join the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) to examine the rise of obesity, its impact on diverse communities and to evaluate how we can combat this disease.

This event will feature several notable speakers such as:

  • California State Senator Alex Padilla
  • Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Professor and Chair at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • John J. Castellani, President & CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and Governor of Wisconsin
  • Kim Belshé, Executive Director for First 5 LA and Board Member of Covered California
  • Dr. Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
  • Marion Standish, Senior Advisor to the Office of the President, California Endowment
  • Dr. Ken Fujioka, Director of Center for Weight Management, Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center, Scripps Clinic, Dept. of Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (panel moderator)
  • Dr. Eric Walsh, Director of Public Health/Health Officer, City of Pasadena

The PFCD is an internationally-recognized NGO of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs: chronic disease.

RSVP online or email Lauren Lewow at

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is a progressive lung disease that slowly stops a person's ability to breathe. Although there are treatments, there is no cure for the disease. Join CPAT for its last two seminars of the year as it hosts an event focused on COPD.

Breathe California of the Bay AreaNovember 19, 2013
Seminar on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Northern California - San Jose Area - TBD
Sponsor: Breathe California of the Bay Area

Breathe California of Los Angeles CountyNovember 20 2013
Seminar on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
8:00 a.m.-noon

USC Health Sciences Campus Aresty Auditorium
1450 Biggy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Breathe California of Los Angeles County

BREATHE California of Los Angeles County's 5th Annual Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Conference will take place on World COPD Day, November 20. The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT), Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and more partners will join BREATHE LA to address the need for greater collaboration and increased resources needed for prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. Speakers will explore the emerging role of clinical service providers as Accountable Care Organizations in partnership with formal and informal health services to foster long-term cost savings and improved health outcomes on diseases of such magnitude as COPD, affecting more than 197,000 people in LA County.

For more information and to RSVP visit:

Were you unable to attend a CPAT event? All program materials are housed on our website. Check out our CPAT events occurring this month!

CPAT Partner Events

Covered California Town Halls

A special forum on California's new health care marketplace for valley community leaders and key stakeholders.

Covered California will lead a discussion to include:

  • An update on Covered California's progress and current plans
  • Outreach and community education strategies
  • What you can do to help ensure every Californian has access to affordable health insurance

Parking is available on site. Please register for the town halls by calling 1-888-975-1141.

San Fernando Valley
Friday, September 20, 2013
2:30 pm - 4 pm

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Health Education Center Auditorium
15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA

In cooperation with:

  • U.S. Representatives Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff, Julia Brownley and Tony Cárdenas;
  • Assemblymen Richard Bloom, Raul Bocanegra, Adrin Nazarian and Scott Wilk and;
  • State Senators Carol Liu, Fran Pavley and Alex Padilla
  • Honorary co-hosts: U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein

Friday, September 27, 2013
2 pm - 4 pm

Visit the California Health Benefit Exchange website for more information at

Regional Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit
"Collaborating for Health Care Advocacy"

This powerful one-day event features local, state and national experts on:

  • Health Care Reform implementation
  • Serving diverse populations
  • Programs for the uninsured
  • Social media as an advocacy tool

Friday, October 25, 2013
8 am - 3 pm

Edison Energy Education and Conference Center
6090 North Irwindale Avenue
Irwindale, CA 91702

For more information, please contact Ashlien Savage at (626) 856-3400.

Hosted by:

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership


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

Interesting Information

PhRMA Weekly Brown Bag Lunch Series

On September 10, Dean Rosen and Margaret Nowak with Breakaway Policy Strategies participated in the PhRMA Weekly Brown Bag Lunch Series where they shared what they have learned from analyzing the available rate filings insurance plans have filed with Exchanges. They also shared their expertise and advice from their years of providing strategic advice on health policy issues.

Please find the speaker slides here

Please Save Additional Brown Bag Lunch Dates!

Tuesday, September 24th
Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility and Appeals

Tuesday, October 1st
Open Enrollment 101

RSVP to Marci Colter at

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