CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

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

In the News
Advocate Advantage
Partner Spotlight
Join the Network
Health Science News

October 2014

Join us for a provocative healthcare discussion hosted by the national Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. While enjoying a complimentary luncheon, learn from a variety of health policy experts, physicians and patient advocates how the ACA is impacting the accessibility and affordability of healthcare in California -- and what must be addressed in 2015.

December 2, 2014
Sacramento Convention Center

For more information, contact or (916) 658-0144

In the News

The Cost of Cancer Drugs

Small hospitals face big challenges

How to judge Medicare plans

Covered California gives no-bid health pacts

Medicines in Development for Older Americans
Advocate Advantage

Transforming the Impact of HIV Through Research and Discovery

By Richard Zaldivar, Founder and Executive Director of The Wall Las Memorias Project

Two decades ago, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis was considered a death sentence. Once diagnosed, patients often had only months to live. The illness was mysterious and terrifying. People were afraid to discuss the disease; the stigma surrounding the topic was tangible.

Today, in contrast, a young person diagnosed can manage the disease and have a normal life expectancy if properly treated. An immediate death is not inevitable, with proper medicine. And, remarkably, this progress continues with death rates dropping every year. Since its peak in 1995, HIV/AIDS rates have decreased by 83 percent, resulting in a 32 percent decline in hospitalizations.




Medicare Today Tele-Town Hall
October 30
11 a.m.
Participant Dial-In: 1-800-475-0382
Password: MEDICARE

Join Medicare Today on a conference call to hear about the role of healthcare in the upcoming mid-term elections with political strategist Steve McMahon, CEO and founding partner of Purple Strategies.

Breathe California of Los Angeles County
6th Annual COPD Conference

November 19, 2014
8 a.m. - Noon
USC's Galen Center
3400 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Learn more

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

December 2, 2014
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sacramento Convention Center
Room 202
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information, contact or (916) 658-0144

Sponsored by:

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

Join the Network

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
ACS CAN is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor's office. Instead, they are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit







Join the Network

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 - Keeley Smith

Health Science News

Access Better Coverage

The prescription drug coverage process is often complicated and confusing. Another new post on PhRMA's Innovation Hub website, called Access Better Coverage, is designed to help consumers understand the ABCs of health coverage and access to prescription medicines. On the Access Better Coverage website, patients can learn more about the prescription drug coverage process, from learning insurance jargon to what different insurance plans cover in health insurance exchanges across the country.

"I Am Not Average" Campaign

The "I Am Not Average" Campaign was launched on October 3 to share inspirational stories from patients about the powerful impact innovations in cancer medicines have had on their lives. The stories delve into those who have beaten the odds and lived well beyond the average life expectancy they were given when they began their treatment. These instances show that medicines should be evaluated based on the value they provide to individual patients, and the potential to extend and improve the quality of their lives. Please visit to view these personal journeys and use the hashtag #NotAverage to share your story.

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 constituents about how to choose the best plan and coverage for prescription medicines in essential health benefits. The Affordable Care Act health exchange open enrollment begins November 15, 2014. This resource includes:

  • Overview of plan designs
  • Financial assistance in the exchange marketplace
  • Key components of plan selection
  • 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.

Seniors Speak Out

Looking for more information about Medicare Part D? Seniors Speak Out provides reliable information to seniors, caregivers and advocates who want to learn more about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Seniors Speak Out was created by the Healthcare Leadership Council's Medicare Today as a resource for older Americans, caregivers and advocates to help ensure seniors have access to high quality health care. The new site compiles resources from around the web and includes everything from fast facts about open enrollment to a localized map for finding in-person help.

Innovation In Cancer Care and Implications For Health Systems

Cancer remains a top priority for health systems around the world as incidence levels rise, fueled by growing and aging populations. While some incidence is preventable and early diagnosis and treatment can reduce or delay mortality significantly, the reality is that countries struggle to bring together the right combination of measures including vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

In this report, we bring together the most comprehensive review of current trends in the oncology market, the state of innovation in therapeutics, measures of the value of treating cancer, and pricing trends. The report also assesses the opportunity for biosimilars to reshape the oncology drug market, especially in low and middle income countries, and the specific dynamics playing out in the U.S. where changes in site of care and patient sharing of costs associated with cancer treatment are having a significant impact on costs and behaviors.

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