Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Health Care

Affordable and accessible health care is an essential safeguard of human life and a fundamental human right.

Catholic hospitals in Ohio provide close to $1 Billion in charity care and community benefits each year. Local health care transformation continues to occur through promotion of health and wellness programs, chronic disease initiatives, expansion of information technology, and other care innovations.

Concerns remain over abortion and mandated contraceptive services within the federal health care reform law; cost effective utilization of Medicaid and Medicare; adequate provider reimbursement; and monitoring the Affordable Health Care Act to assure affordable coverage for all, especially impoverished children, families and other uninsured persons.

Link to the Catholic Conference of Ohio's Dept. on Health Affairs


USCCB Chairman Calls On Congress To Preserve Gains In Healthcare Coverage While Also Emphasizing The Need To Protect Human Life, Conscience Rights And The Poor

Letter Sent to U.S. House and Senate

As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care. 

 "...a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing."

USCCB Letter

Prevent Infant Mortality Ohio Website

Start Talking!

Resources to help talk about the importance of living healthy, drug free lives

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

Start Talking! website

Leadership Changes within Ohio Catholic Hospitals

Michael Connelly, Mercy Health; Sister Laura Wolf, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries & Claus Von Zychlin, Mt. Carmel CEO Step Down

Michael Connelly
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Sister Laura Wolf
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Claus Von Zychlin
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Ohio's Infant Mortality Commission Releases Final Report

Over Fifty Recommendations Offered to Address Ohio's High Infant Mortality Rates

The number of babies born in Ohio who die before their first birthday remains unacceptably high. Ohio ranks 45th in the nation for its overall infant mortality rate—and the rate for African American (black) babies is even worse. 
        Link to the Commission on Infant Mortality
        Link to the full report

Health Care Resources


The Ohio Benefits website will enable Ohio residents to check eligibility and apply for a variety of benefits including Medicaid, food & cash assistance, WIC, energy assistance, child care, work, and unemployment.