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CMS-1720-NC, Medicare Program; Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law

August 24, 2018 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 RE: CMS-1720-NC, Medicare Program; Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law Dear Administrator Verma, Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the physician self-referral law, commonly known as the Stark Law…. Read more »

Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs; RIN: 0991-ZA49

  July 16, 2018 Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 600E Washington, D.C. 20201 RE: Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs; RIN: 0991-ZA49 Submitted electronically via www.regulations.gov To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for your efforts to reduce the high cost of… Read more »

Letter to HELP on Medicare Negotiation June 2018

June 11, 2018 U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Members of the HELP Committee: On behalf of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, we would like to thank the Members of this Committee for scheduling the June… Read more »

Gov budget support letter 6.4.18

June 4, 2018 The Honorable Phil Ting, Chair Budget Conference Committee State Capitol, Room 6026 Sacramento, CA 95814 The Honorable Holly Mitchell, Vice-Chair Budget Conference Committee State Capitol, Room 5080 Re: SUPPORT: Administration Proposal: Proposition 56 – Dental Supplemental Payment –Additional Time Allowances for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs Dear Assembly Member Ting and… Read more »

Prop 56 Supplemental Payments

May 2, 2018 Via electronic mail: Publicinput@dhcs.ca.gov Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Medi-Cal Dental Services Division Attention: Alani C. Jackson 1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4900 Sacramento, California 95899-7413 Re: Prop 56 Supplemental Payments Dear Ms. Jackson: We are writing today to provide recommendations for allocating the proposed $210 million in-state-funding from Proposition 56 funds,… Read more »

SN1464 _Letter of Support

April 5, 2018 The Honorable Ed Hernandez, Chair Senate Committee on Health State Capitol, Room 2191 Sacramento, CA 95818 Re: SB 1464 (Wiener) – Addressing Denti-Cal Access Issues for Patients with Special Needs – SPONSOR Dear Senator Hernandez, As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a San Diego-based,… Read more »

Letter of Support to Appropriations Committee re:SB 1464

April 27, 2018 The Honorable Ricardo Lara, Chair Senate Committee on Appropriations State Capitol, Room 2206 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: SB 1464 (Wiener) – Denti-Cal Access Issues for Patients with Special Needs – SPONSOR Dear Senator Lara, As President and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a San Diego-based, nonprofit applied medical… Read more »

West Health submits comments on pricing/financial transparency in healthcare

March 23, 2018 Submitted electronically to transparency@cassidy.senate.gov Re: Stakeholder request for information on pricing/financial transparency in healthcare Dear Senators Cassidy, Bennet, Grassley, Carper, Young, and McCaskill: Thank you for your bipartisan effort to increase transparency in healthcare. The West Health Institute has long been an advocate of empowering healthcare consumers through increased transparency. The following… Read more »

Public Hearing on Denti-Cal

March 19, 2018 Mr. Pedro Nava Chairman Little Hoover Commission 925 L Street, Suite 805 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Public Hearing on Denti-Cal, March 22, 2018 Dear Chairman Nava, Thank you for continuing to follow-up on the eye-opening Denti-Cal report issued in April 2016. It was an important start to ensuring equitable dental care access… Read more »