October 3, 2017

Medicaid, opioid addiction and transgender issues explored at health care symposium

Health care reform, transgender theory and the opioid epidemic were featured topics at a Sept. 20 gathering of Minnesota’s Catholic bishops and lay leaders.

Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota, “Healthcare in Minnesota: A Symposium Considering Contemporary Challenges” brought together local and national experts to speak about the emergent health care topics. It was held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. (more…)

September 29, 2017

Assisted Suicide Resolution

A recent announcement has been made regarding the introduction of a Congressional Resolution opposing the legalization of assisted suicide.  The resolution is sponsored and was submitted by the following legislators from both political parties:  Mr. Wenstrup (for himself, Mr. Correa, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Harris, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Rothfus, and Mr. Suozzi).   It was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  This bi-partisan effort is the result of months of work by individual congresspersons and their staffs, the Patients Rights Action Fund and the National Alliance Against Legalizing Assisted Suicide.   Below is additional information on the Sense of Congress resolution, H.Con.Res.80.  Organizations are encouraged to share this information on your social media pages and on their website.

Link to the legislation:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/80/text/ih?overview=closed&format=xml

National alliance site:  http://www.allianceagainstassistedsuicide.org/

Facebook of the presser:  https://www.facebook.com/PatientsRightsAction/videos/vb.407531842699311/1392276174224868/?type=2&theater

 

September 23, 2017

Graham-Cassidy Bill

CHA-USA recently encourage Senators to reject the Graham-Cassidy legislation and instead support bipartisan efforts to improve our health care system focusing on insurance market stabilization, affordability, and coverage access and expansion.  Read 9/17/17 letter  here:

Read 09/22/2017 letter here:

https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/091917_cha_letter_to_senate_graham-cassidy.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Read 09/17/2017 letter here:

https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/092217-letter-from-cha-board-of-trustees-on-graham-cassidy-bill.pdf?sfvrsn=4

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

Healthcare in Minnesota Symposium

Healthcare in Minnesota

A Symposium Considering Contemporary Challenges

Wednesday, September 20  •  University of St. Thomas

(PDF flier)

Healthcare reform. The opioid crisis. Gender theory.

These are just some of the emerging challenges on the healthcare landscape in Minnesota about which Catholics should be aware.

Join Minnesota’s bishops, expert speakers, and Catholic healthcare professionals from across Minnesota for this timely and edifying conversation.

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WHO: Clergy, healthcare professionals, and those in related fields
WHEN: 9:00a.m.— Noon; Wednesday, September 20
WHERE: N. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) – map (#27)
COST: The event is free, but registration is required, as seating is limited.

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Speakers include:

  • Sr. Renee Mirkes, OSF – Pope Paul VI Institute
  • Sally Satel – American Enterprise Institute
  • Meghan Goodwin – U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • Fr. John Stabeno – Catholic Charities (Diocese of Camden, NJ)
  • State legislators and local experts
September 1, 2017

The Four Things That Matter Most – Ira Byock, MD – Oct 10

CentraCare Health will sponsor Ira Byock, MD on October 10 to address the community who have elderly family members.  Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.  (more…)

September 1, 2017

Curatio Retreat; Oct 13-15, 2017

The Curatio Apostolate of Catholic Health Care Professionals was founded for all those who care for the sick: doctors, nurses, nursing home, hospice and clinic professionals, with a mission to promote, support and sustain the “Gospel of life,” and to see Christ in our patients and co-workers.  (more…)

June 15, 2017

Minnesota hospital programs, leaders honored

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.  (more…)

May 4, 2017

Keehan (CHA) statement on repeal and replace

Since the American Health Care Act was introduced in the House last month, CHA has said very clearly that this legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would significantly undermine access to health care for many who desperately need it. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, in the first year under this legislation 14 million people who had just gotten health insurance would lose it, and approximately 10 million more would lose their coverage in later years. In addition, the legislation drastically changes and cuts $880 billion from the Medicaid program, leading to reduced coverage and affordability for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. (more…)
May 3, 2017

Legislative Update – April 28, 2017

After a long week of Conference Committee hearings and testimony it appears as if the legislative leaders have agreed to budget targets … sort of. Over the last two weeks, the leaders have had numerous meetings with Governor Dayton, exchanged letters and held dueling press conferences. This is all very typical behavior at this time of the session, in an attempt to apply pressure and reach agreement. (more…)

April 26, 2017

Proposed House Action Threatens Health Coverage for Millions

Since the American Health Care Act was introduced in the House last month, CHA has said very clearly that this legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would significantly undermine access to health care for many who desperately need it. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, in the first year under this legislation 14 million people who had just gotten health insurance would lose it, and approximately 10 million more would lose their coverage in later years. In addition, the legislation drastically changes and cuts $880 billion from the Medicaid program, leading to reduced coverage and affordability for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. (more…)