CA Access News:
April/May 2015 Edition  
Special Focus
Health Insurance Exchanges Increasingly Put Medicines Out of Reach for Patients

In February, Avalere Health released a new analysis of 2015 health insurance exchange plan formularies and the results are disappointing. The percentage of plans placing all medicines to treat a chronic disease on the top tier increased in 2015.

For medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, the number of plans placing all treatments on the top formulary tier nearly doubled. This practice is continuing even in drug classes where generics are available.

Patient access to medicines in health insurance exchange plans is vital to improving health outcomes, and this new analysis highlights the increasing rate at which insurers are using discriminatory practices at the expense of patients with chronic conditions.

Now is the time to take the next step to ban this discriminatory practice.

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Health Science News
Improving Health Outcomes in California

Access Better Coverage is an educational resource designed to help consumers understand the ABCs of health coverage and access to prescription medicines.

Recently, Access Better Coverage examined Covered California and the state's insurance marketplace, to determine how the exchange should strengthen insurance coverage for enrollees.

Check out some key facts about 2015 health plans in California's exchange and the level of prescription drug coverage available.

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Partnership for Prescription Assistance Launches New Website

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a nationwide effort sponsored by America's biopharmaceutical research companies, helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Recently, PPA unveiled a redesigned website with new features and functionality to provide patients and caregivers with faster, easier access to information on more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.

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Medicare Part D
Helps Patients Save

Medicare Monday: Gaining Part D Coverage Reduces Hospitalizations and Overall Spending in Medicare
Medicare Part D helps seniors adhere to their medicines by providing access to prescription drug coverage. This helps beneficiaries live healthier lives by avoiding use of more costly medical services, which helps reduce spending in the broader health care ecosystem.

A recent study from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Illinois found that gaining prescription medicine coverage through Medicare Part D was tied to an eight percent decrease in hospital admissions for seniors.

Individuals aren't the only ones benefiting from Part D. The Medicare program overall saves when beneficiaries take their medicines. The study also found gaining prescription drug coverage through Part D was associated with approximately $1.5 billion in aggregate savings to the Medicare program annually.  

Partner Spotlight
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the AHA now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases by:
  • Funding research
  • Fighting for stronger public health policies
  • Providing lifesaving tools & information
American Heart Association Mission Statement:
Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


About CPAT
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide our latest issue of CA Access News, a monthly e-news publication for our partners, members and supporters.

As part of CPAT's mission to connect people with the latest health news, this newsletter highlights state and national health care issues and trends.

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Health Access Resources
CPAT helps connects our partners to the information they need about the changing nature of health care and innovations in treatments:

See what events CPAT and our partners have coming up:

A Day of Hope - Health and Resource Fair
Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hesperia Civic Center Park 
15833 Smoke Tree St.
Hesperia, CA 92345

Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County
Sharon's Ride.Run.Walk. for Epilepsy
Sunday, April 25
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DeAnza Cove, inside Mission Bay Park
3000 E. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109

Lupus Foundation of Southern California
Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 2
1 p.m.
Twin Oaks Golf Course
425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069

The Burn Institute
43rd Annual Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet
Thursday, May 14
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, CA 92109

Partners in Care Foundation
Vision and Excellence in Health Care Leadership
Tribute Dinner
Friday, May 18
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Joining CPAT
Joining CPAT is free! The benefits of becoming a CPAT partner include receiving our e-newsletter and invitations to participate in CPAT forums and events.

You will also have the opportunity to promote health events on the CPAT website. For more information about joining, please visit CPAT's website.

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