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California Minority Advocacy Groups Send Letter to Blue Shield of California Calling for an End to Discriminatory Practice that Denies Patients in Pain Access to Proper Medication
Date:11/20/2009

event health insurers from forcing a patient to take drugs that have not been approved by the FDA when a doctor initially prescribes an FDA-approved drug for the patient's condition.

This new Medicare policy, which goes into effect in January 2010, is an important step to ensure that Medicare patients have access to the treatments they need, when they need it. But Californians who are not covered by Medicare deserve the same protections.

For the reasons stated above, we respectfully request that Blue Shield ceases this harmful "fail first" policy and ensures that California patients in pain do not continue to suffer.

Sincerely,

Loretta Jones

Executive Director

Healthy African American Families II

Bill Releford, M.D.

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program

Martina C. Fuchs, M.D., Ph.D.

Real Medicine Foundation

Richard Zaldivar

Executive Director

The Wall/Las Memorias Project

Olivia Fe

Executive Director

Latina Breast Cancer Agency

Media interested in speaking with any of the above advocates about step therapy and the impact on minority communities in California should contact Lucila Garcia at (323) 646-2150, or lucilagarcia@rational360.com

About Healthy African American Families II

Healthy African American Families II (HAAF) is a non-profit, community-serving agency whose mission is to improve the health outcomes of the African American and Latino communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training and collaborative partnering with community stakeholders, academia, researchers, and government. HAAF services all of South Los Angeles and Service Planning Area 6 in particular. HAAF is widely regard
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