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October 7, 2005

David Littlefield, TCWF
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Medpin Study Compares Propositions 78 and 79 Before California Voters in November Special Election

Woodland Hills — This November, California voters will be asked to vote on two prescription drug measures, Proposition 78, Discounts on Prescription Drugs, and Proposition 79, Prescription Drug Discounts. State Negotiated Rebates. As a service to voters, a report that analyzes these two measures was recently published by Medicine for People in Need (Medpin), a Grantee of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). “The California Debate: Competing Drug Discount Models for Millions of Residents” provides an analysis of the propositions’ similarities and differences, effectiveness of similar measures in other states, and a recent history of legislative activities in California addressing access to low-cost prescription drugs. The report is available online at Medpin’s website,

“The California Wellness Foundation is concerned about the difficulties many underserved Californians face in accessing health care,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. “Access to affordable prescription medications is a significant barrier to improved health outcomes for many of our state’s residents. These two propositions offer policy options to address the problem, and Medpin’s report provides important analysis of these complex measures.”

The California Wellness Foundation takes no position on either Proposition 78 or Proposition 79.

“Medpin has a well-earned reputation for providing high-quality, objective research and analysis about health care issues to California policymakers and others interested in expanding access to health care,” said Ruth Holton-Hodson, TCWF director of public policy. “I am pleased that our Foundation’s grantmaking can help inform this important debate.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to other timely health issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.

Since its first year of operation, TCWF has awarded 4,093 grants totaling approximately $493 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations, providing an average of $40 million in grants each year in pursuit of its mission. Please visit TCWF’s website at for more information.

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