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San Francisco State University expert on new Medicare bill, health policies



Christina Holmes
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
(415) 405-3803
(415) 338-1665


Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, 2003 -- San Francisco State University offers a knowledgeable expert on health policies, prescription drugs and the recently passed Medicare bill who can provide analysis and comments. For additional assistance in reaching faculty experts, please call the Office of Public Affairs at (415) 338-1665.

Ramon Castellblanch, a health education professor, is an authority on health care politics, Medicare, prescription drugs and long-term care. With a doctorate in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University, Castellblanch spent seven years lobbying on behalf of improved health access and healthcare workers at the statewide and national level, and now serves as a special assistant on health care reform to California legislators and policymakers.

In a recent newspaper column about the new Medicare bill, Castellblanch writes, "Faced with the impossible choice of paying huge monthly Medicare charges or paying rent or mortgage, some seniors will drop Medicare. For the first time in more than 40 years, the United States will have uninsured seniors.

"This collapse of Medicare will come at a particularly bad time for the baby-boom generation. Overall, their incomes will be going down. Inadequate pension plans and IRAs worth little will make it difficult for many to make ends meet. Health care needs will be going up. Conditions like cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and failing joints will begin to afflict millions in this generation."

To read a column written by Castellblanch, visit

Castellblanch can be reached at (415) 405-2151 or (707) 747-6763 or via e-mail at



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