Health Care Reform

"...Following enactment of the health care reform legislation, our challenge remains formidable but in some ways is simpler. Since the battle over the bill is over, the defects can be judged soberly in their own right, and solutions can be advanced in Congress while retaining what is good in the new law. Indeed, any failure to do so would only leave these genuine problems as ammunition for those who prefer total repeal of the law. In this context we do not need agreement among lawmakers that the problems are serious enough to oppose the legislation – we only need agreement that the problems are real and deserve to be addressed. This provides a new opportunity for the Catholic community to come together in defense of human life, rights of conscience and fairness to immigrants so we will have a health care system that truly respects the life, dignity, health and consciences of all. We urge Catholics, members of Congress of all parties and others of good will to join us in advancing this worthy goal."

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre
Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice, Peace and Human Development

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City
Committee on Migration

May 21, 2010

Read the entire Statement: Setting the Record Straight

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Health Care Reform Resources


Medicaid Expansion

December 20, 2013: Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Ohio's Medicaid expansion

December 4, 2013: Ohio House Passes Amended Substitute SB 206

November 13, 2013: Ohio Senate Passes Substitute SB 206 (Medicaid Reform) by vote of 27-5.

The State Controlling Board approved the Governor's Medicaid expansion proposal on Monday October 21, 2013 by a vote of 5-2.

The legislature is holding hearings on several Medicaid reform proposals. They include SB 206, HB 176 and HB 255.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio joined with Ohio Catholic hospitals and Catholic Charities agencies in urging the state legislature to support both Medicaid reform and the Governor's proposed Medicaid expansion.

Letter from the Catholic Bishops to Governor Kasich

USCCB Backgrounder on Medicaid Expansion: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

CCO Backgrounder on Medicaid Expansion: Catholic Conference of Ohio

Ohio website regarding Medicaid eligibility:
Information for applying for Medicaid benefits, including Ohio's new expansion program for persons with income between 90% and 138% of the federal poverty level.

January 24, 2013: The Catholic Conference of Ohio joins with the Catholic hospitals of Ohio in urging Governor Kasich and the state legislature to expand medicaid coverage

Because of our concern for the poor and vulnerable, the Catholic Conference of Ohio joins with Ohio’s Catholic hospitals to support Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Through the Affordable Care Act, this expansion will increase access to health care and health care coverage to an estimated 366,000 uninsured eligible Ohioans who are below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

With the understanding that the Federal government will assume 100 percent of the cost of covering newly eligible individuals for the first three years and will cover 90 percent of the costs thereafter, we urge the Governor and the legislature, in the biennial budget, to include this expansion of Medicaid. Additionally, we encourage the State to safeguard the existing comprehensive benefits package for current Medicaid beneficiaries and maintain Medicaid provider reimbursements.

Catholic Health Care in Ohio

The mission of the Catholic health ministry, in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, calls us to be distinguished through "service to and advocacy for those people whose social condition puts them at the margins of our society and makes them particularly vulnerable to discrimination." We are committed to ensuring that these populations get the access to coverage extended to them under theAffordable Care Act (ACA), as well as to preserving Medicaid from harmful budget cuts and program changes proposed in Washington. [MORE]

USCCB Resources on HHS Mandate

Catholic Conference of Ohio web page on HHS


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Health Care Reform Resources


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Health Affairs

Catholic Health Association

Ohio Hospital Association

Catholic Charities USA

National Catholic Bioethics Center

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ohio Department of Insurance

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