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19 JANUARY 2018

Scott Suckow Named Star of Advocacy

Hearty congratulations to Scott Suckow, Executive Director of the American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast Division, who will be recognized as a Star of Advocacy by the California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) at an event in Sacramento on January 25th.

The California Chronic Care Coalition is a unique alliance of more than 30 leading consumer health organizations and provider groups that works with policy makers, industry leaders, providers, and consumers to improve the health of Californians with chronic conditions.  They advocate for an accessible, affordable and high-quality system of care that emphasizes prevention, coordinated care, and the patient’s wellness and longevity. Members, including the American Liver Foundation, support the early diagnosis of chronic conditions, access to effective and appropriate treatment and improved chronic care management.

Scott is quick to point out that advocacy is part of the mission for ALF, on a national, state and local level, for many of our divisions.  “We participate in advocacy issues through a ‘collaborative lens’, working with our community partners to focus on those issues where there is synergy around a particular policy or piece of legislation.  A good example is ALF’s signing onto an ‘oppose letter’ regarding a bill that would ban patients in California from receiving copayment assistance from a pharmaceutical manufacturer when a therapeutically equivalent or interchangeable brand or generic medication is available at a lower cost.  This issue impacts anyone taking a medication for a chronic health condition.”

“Annually, the CCCC recognizes key public officials, legislators and patient advocates at our Stars of Advocacy Gala in Sacramento.  We are pleased to include Scott Suckow as recipient of a Star of Advocacy Award this year.  He is being recognized for his leadership as a convener and advocate to ensure access to care and treatment for those living with chronic health conditions.  His efforts to organize a local affiliate of the California Chronic Care Coalition for San Diego County, where he has served as the convener since 2015, has been instrumental in keeping the patient voice front-and-center during key healthcare reform discussions.  As a trusted voice for patients, he has worked tirelessly reducing barriers to care.  His ability to bring business, providers, payers and patients together to work collaboratively to strengthen our healthcare system makes him worthy of receiving a 2018 Star of Advocacy,” commented Liz Helms, President & CEO, as well as Co-Founder of the CCCC.

With the help of Scott and many others across the country, including our NPAC advocates, we are helping to change the landscape for those living with liver disease.   If you haven’t yet joined our advocacy efforts, we need your help and involvement to tackle some of today’s most pressing issues.  Fill out our Quick Sign-up form today to get on our Advocacy List to receive monthly newsletters and action alerts–when we work together we’re a force to be reckoned with!

Tom Nealon
American Liver Foundation

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