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

Thank you for your efforts to reduce the high cost of prescription drugs for Americans. I am writing on behalf of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, an applied medical research organization based in San Diego and part of West Health, which also includes the Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, as well as the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Our organizations work together toward a shared mission dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Letter to HELP on Medicare Negotiation June 2018

On behalf of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, we would like to thank the Members of this Committee for scheduling the June 12, 2018 hearing entitled, “The Cost of Prescription Drugs: Examining the President’s Blueprint ‘American Patients First’ to Lower Drug Prices.” We urge you to use the hearing as an opportunity to ask Secretary Azar why allowing Medicare to directly negotiate its drug prices is not included in the “American Patients First” blueprint.

Prop 56 Supplemental Payments

We are writing today to provide recommendations for allocating the proposed $210 million in-state-funding from Proposition 56 funds, if they are authorized, to support supplemental provider rate increases to Denti-Cal providers.

SN1464 _Letter of Support

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a San Diego-based, nonprofit applied medical research organization dedicated to enabling successful aging, I write on behalf of California’s low-income individuals living with chronic medical, mental, behavioral, or developmental disabilities who currently face greater challenges in accessing appropriate dental care than healthier people.

Letter of Support to Appropriations Committee re:SB 1464

As President and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a San Diego-based, nonprofit applied medical research organization dedicated to enabling successful aging for seniors, I write on behalf of California’s low-income individuals living with chronic medical, mental, behavioral, or developmental disabilities who currently face greater challenges in accessing appropriate dental care than healthier people.

West Health submits comments on pricing/financial transparency in healthcare

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 is a description of our organization and responses to questions
that we feel could be useful to you as you consider legislative action on healthcare transparency.

Public Hearing on Denti-Cal

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 for low-income Californians. Given the agenda of the public hearing on March 22 is focused on a day in the life of the patient and provider, I want to share some of our experiences at the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center (“Senior Dental Center”) located in downtown San Diego and provide recommendations to strengthen the Denti-Cal program.

West Health comments on changes to CMS’ Innovation Center

The Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan applied medical research organization dedicated to enabling successful aging for seniors, appreciates the opportunity to respond to your request for information on the agency’s planned new direction for the Innovation Center and its opportunities to deliver new delivery and payment care models for Medicare beneficiaries.