Catholic Conference of Ohio
Friday, September 21, 2018

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 Issues the 6th Edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives

This sixth edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services was developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and approved by the USCCB at its June 2018 Plenary Assembly. 

Catholic Conference Raises Questions Regarding Proposed Work Requirements for Persons on Medicaid

Ohio Seeking Federal Waiver Which Will Result In The Loss of Medicaid Health Coverage For Some Ohioans

In a letter sent to the Ohio Medicaid Director, the Catholic Conference of Ohio offered comments regarding an 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application. The proposed waiver considered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid establishes new work and community engagement requirements in order to qualify for Medicaid. As currently crafted, it is complicated and targets a population already at serious risk for health and welfare. It also undermines the physical and mental health and self-sufficiency of a population that has shown significant improvement since expanded access to Medicaid was made possible.

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Provide Senate With Moral Principles For Health Care Reform

As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations.

In a letter sent on June 1, the Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stressed the "grave obligations" that Senators have "when it comes to policy that affects health care." While commending the bill passed by the House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), for its protections for unborn children, the Bishops emphasized the "many serious flaws" in the AHCA, including unacceptable changes to Medicaid. 

Full Statement

USCCB Chairmen Call On Congress To Consider Moral Criteria During Debates On Health Care Policy

The Bishops called on Congress to ensure coverage for those who now rely upon it after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and expressed concern about any structural changes to the social safety net that could impact access to health care for millions.

In a letter from March 8, 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, urged Congress: to respect life by preventing the use of federal funds to facilitate abortion or purchase health care plans that provide abortion; to honor conscience rights; and to ensure access for all people to comprehensive, quality health care that is truly affordable.

“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."

Any modification of the Medicaid system as part of health care reform should prioritize improvement and access to quality care over cost savings."

 

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

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

Benefits.Ohio.Gov

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.

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Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.

Amen