Tag: Affordable Care Act

Contraceptive mandate battle still on: States fight religious exemptions

Contraceptive mandate battle still on: States fight religious exemptions

| Carol Zimmermann | November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have always been known for their care for the poor elderly, have been in the spotlight for the past six years with their objection to the federal government’s requirement that they provide insurance coverage of contraceptives for their employees.

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Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnoses

Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnoses

| Carol Zimmermann | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Affordable Care Act — on the examination table since President Donald Trump came into office — has been poked, prodded and even pronounced dead while the fight to keep it alive keeps going.

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Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

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Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

| Julie Asher | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. bishops’ effort urging senators to protect the poor and amend the Graham-Cassidy bill, meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, became a moot point as opposition to the bill stiffened amid frantic rewriting to get critical senators’ votes and ultimately led to a decision to have no vote on it.

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Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage

Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage

| Julie Asher | September 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The latest version of a Republican measure in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act must be amended to protect poor and vulnerable Americans, said the chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees.

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Catholic group asks U.S. government to drop appeal in HHS mandate case

Catholic group asks U.S. government to drop appeal in HHS mandate case

| Mark Pattison | July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Benefits Association has filed a motion with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver over a three-year-old appeal by three Cabinet departments in a case involving the “HHS mandate” that says all employers must provide contraceptive coverage.

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After repeal fails, ‘task remains’ to reform health care, says bishop

After repeal fails, ‘task remains’ to reform health care, says bishop

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a “skinny” repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, a U.S. bishop said the “task of reforming the health care system still remains.”

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Health care laws must begin and end with human person, bishop says

Health care laws must begin and end with human person, bishop says

| Carol Zimmermann | July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Throughout the summer, while Congress was looking for ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Catholic bishops have continually reiterated the need to put care for the human person at the forefront of any health care legislation.

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U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

| Carol Zimmermann | July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

After the Senate voted July 25 to proceed with the health care debate, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, urged senators of both parties to “work together to advance changes that serve the common good.”

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Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

| Julie Asher | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure “protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee.

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Health care prescription? Regroup, cooperate, Catholic health leaders say

Health care prescription? Regroup, cooperate, Catholic health leaders say

| Carol Zimmermann | July 18, 2017 | 3 Comments

After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the U.S. Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation.

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Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran leaders oppose Medicaid cuts in health care proposals

Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran leaders oppose Medicaid cuts in health care proposals

| July 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

In a July 14 letter to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the leaders wrote that the two faith communities are committed to serving people in need, especially the poor, elderly, chronically ill, immigrants and disabled.

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