CA Access News: September 2015 Edition  
On October 23, the California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) will host "From Molecule to Miracle: An Overview of the Drug Discovery and Development Process," a free educational seminar in San Diego.

Experts in the biopharmaceutical field and leading patient advocates will discuss the high stakes drug discovery process, the potential pitfalls and the promise for individuals managing chronic disease.

Join us for this exciting and informative event to learn more about the challenging process of drug discovery, development and approval, and what this innovation means for California's patient population.
Due to the success of our "From Molecule to Miracle: An Overview of the Drug Discovery & Development Process" event in Sacramento in June, a more in-depth discussion about the cost and value of medicines is in high-demand. 

We encourage you to save the date for "From Molecule to Miracles 2.0" on Tuesday, November 4 in Sacramento. Stay tuned for event details.

Email Yadira Beas to RSVP or to add your name to our mailing list.
The California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) , an alliance of more than 30 leading consumer, health and provider organizations, launched as an online resource for California health care consumers who are denied coverage, experience delays or are dissatisfied with the decisions made by their health plan.

The website includes a list of patient rights and step-by-step instructions to file a complaint with a health plan, the California Department of Managed Health Care and/or the California Department of Insurance.

It also includes testimonials from individuals who experienced lengthy delays and denials, and collects patient stories to provide a true picture of the hurdles to accessing quality care in California. provides California's health care consumers with the help and confidence they need to demand the care they deserve.

Access Better Coverage (ABC), an online resource for patients, shares great tips on how to choose a health insurance plan that fits the needs of you and your family.

Asking the right questions of your health plan can help you prepare for out-of-pocket costs and make sure the medicines you need, health practitioners you see and pharmacies you visit are covered.

Check out this video covering some of the most commonly asked questions.

A new joint report   from the Epilepsy Foundation and the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) highlights the 420 medicines currently in development to combat brain, spinal cord and nerve disorders. 

It's hard to imagine but there are currently more than 50 million Americans - nearly one-sixth of our population - affected by some type of neurological disorder.

While some of these conditions are well-known - such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease or multiple sclerosis - many more are rare diseases that have limited or no treatment options.

Learn how scientists around the globe are collaborating to find new and more effective treatments for patients with these complex disorders.

The Medicare Part D open enrollment period starts next month. This year, open enrollment starts October 15 and ends December 7. With a wide variety of prescription drug plans to choose from, Medicare Part D has a plan that will fit any patients' needs. 

Stay tuned to CPAT's Facebook page and Twitter feed for additional information about this important open enrollment period. 
Randy Munoz, vice chair of the Latino Diabetes Association (LDA) and a valued CPAT partner, was recently featured in a Seniors Speak Out blog about the issues that seniors face when accessing care. 

A dedicated community advocate, Munoz stressed the importance of ensuring seniors have the necessary resources to stay healthy.

The LDA has seen the benefit of the Medicare Part D program since its inception 10 years ago, highlighted by the program's low costs and ability to provide vital, affordable treatments to vulnerable populations.

Mental Health Systems (MHS) strives to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges. A non-profit agency founded in 1978, MHS was created to instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies that respect time-proven methods of intervention. 

MHS services address behavioral health issues through a broad range of prevention, early intervention, integrated treatment, diversion and vocational programs that are culturally appropriate and strengths-based.

About CPAT News

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

This newsletter highlights state and national health care issues and trends.

CPAT's diverse network of advocacy organizations, community groups, health care providers and employers are committed to ensuring a healthy and productive California.

Please visit our website for more information about CPAT's free health education network.
Health Access Resources

CPAT helps connect partners to information about the changing nature of health care as well as innovations in treatments:

Access Better Coverage 

Educational resource designed to help consumers understand the ABCs of health coverage and access to prescription medicines.  


From Hope to Cures 

Stories about patients who have overcome rare, debilitating and chronic diseases.

Calendar of CPAT
& Partner Events

See what events CPAT
and our partners have
coming up:

Lupus LA
Get Lucky for Lupus LA 
Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Hollywood Avalon
1735 Vine St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Liver Wellness Symposium
Saturday, Sept. 19
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Qualcomm Building Q
6455 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121 

Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS)
12th Annual Empowerment Conference
Friday, Sept. 25
10:00 a.m.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMIWalk Los Angeles County
Saturday, Oct. 3
8:00 a.m.
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Young & Healthy
It's Possible
Sunday, Oct. 4
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
1935 Midwick Dr.
Altadena, CA 91001

Crew Rendezvous  
Wednesday, Oct. 14
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Lupus LA
Patient Conference
Saturday, Oct. 17
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
UCLA Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

California State Conference NAACP
28th Annual California State NAACP Convention
Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sunday, Oct. 25
Manhattan Beach Marriott
1400 Park View Ave. 
Manhattan Beach, CA
6th Annual Rojo Event
Thursday, November 5
6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Cicada Restaurant
617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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 the CPAT website.

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

Northern California:
Yadira Beas

Southern California:
Jodi Epstein