Mizutani, Wesley

AB 889: California Must Act Now to Help Thousands with Debilitating Health Conditions

Dr. Wesley MizutaniBy Dr. Wesley Mizutani

Advances in modern medicine have precipitated a revolution in the treatment of chronic health conditions. Californians diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, for example, are no longer given the expectation that the progressive disability will end in a wheelchair.

Californians will only reap the benefits of these scientific breakthroughs, however, if the state Senate takes common-sense action now to ensure that all patients can have access to the treatments their doctors think best.

AB 369: Governor Brown Should Stand with Californians Battling Silent Epidemic of Chronic Pain

By Wesley Mizutani

Scientific breakthroughs have revolutionized the treatment of chronic pain. As a result, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is no longer accompanied by the expectation of progressive disability that would lead to a wheelchair.

Some California health insurers, however, have enacted policies that imperil the precious gains made by the medical community against the silent epidemic of chronic pain. Governor Brown now has an opportunity to stop them.

According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine, approximately 100 million people in the United States are affected by chronic pain every year, which is more than the number of Americans who are affected by cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Pain costs this country $635 billion yearly in medical treatment expenses and lost productivity.