Assemblywoman Susan Eggman spoke with Pacific pharmacy students and faculty about current health care legislation during a recent campus visit.
Assemblywoman Susan Eggman discusses health care legislation with Pacific pharmacy students during campus visit
Students of University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted a lunch on Tuesday with Assemblywoman Susan Eggman to discuss current health care legislation relating to prescription drugs.
"To have our elective representatives on campus is very exciting and a great opportunity for our students to learn about the importance of policy as it relates to health care," said Phillip R. Oppenheimer, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
The event was coordinated by the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Pacific Chapter and the Student Pharmacist Advocacy Coalition Committee (SPAC) as part of a statewide legislative event held across 16 pharmacy schools.
"When planning our events last semester, we wished to educate students and give them the appropriate background on how government and legislative affairs are structured," said David Tran '18, SPAC co-chair. "Assemblywoman Eggman's medical and political background, as well as her recent involvement with AB1114, allowed her to better relate to our pharmacy students and speak about relevant bills in health care."
Eggman currently has four staff members in Stockton and 10 at the Capitol that sit on numerous task forces and committees. She shared how working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and levels of education has been vital to her work. She emphasized how important it is to be passionate and get involved with legislation, whether or not you think it's possible.
During her time in the legislature, Eggman has served on the Business and Profession Committee, which she believes has had the biggest impact on the pharmacy profession. She was the lead author on Assembly Bill No. 1114 that was recently signed and approved by Gov. Jerry Brown.
AB1114 will now allow pharmacist clinical services to be covered under MediCal and give low income community members better access to health care.
Eggman believes it is important to allow pharmacists to help, "in the full scope of their profession," as many people as they can and not deny the ones who need it the most.
"One of the most powerful groups is the California Medical Association," she said. "They saw the writing on the wall and knew that the spirit was moving in that direction and that it was also going to be on the ballot."
The visit was especially timely, especially nearing the election, and particularly relevant to Pacific pharmacy students. AB1114 will have an important impact on how pharmacists practice in the future.