Millions of people in the U.S. will see their health security improve when several provisions of the Affordable Care Act become effective today (September 23, 2010). These features of the reform law will enable many people to obtain or keep coverage that was previously unavailable or unaffordable.
The assembly was attended by more than 800 leaders of Catholic health from around the country. News releases related to the Assembly are posted as well as hi-resolution photos from some of the events and awards presentations that can be downloaded and used by the media (with appropriate photo credits as noted). Multimedia background about program, speakers, and events can be found starting here. Also, watch the health reform video shown at the Catholic Health Assembly featuring comments to CHA from President Obama.
As background on the Catholic Health Association’s position regarding the enactment of health care reform, CHA’s President, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, offers her observations in a column in the April 15 issue of Catholic Health World. Read Sr. Carol’s remarks, “Now that reform has passed.” For additional information regarding CHA’s analysis of the reform law and abortion funding, read “Pro-life issues and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The following statement is being released by Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president and chief executive office of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA):
The Catholic Health Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives and President Obama for enacting health care reform legislation that will bring security and health to millions of American families. Read the statement from Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president and chief executive of the Catholic Health Associaton of the United States.
Bishops Encourage Vigilance that Health Care Legislation Protects Conscience, does not Fund Abortion
The U.S. bishops called on Congress and people in the Catholic community to make sure promises are kept that new health care legislation will not expand abortions in the United States.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made available several new resources explaining its calls for essential changes to the Senate health care reform bill. In a March 15 statement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the USCCB, said that the U.S. bishops would, regretfully, have to oppose the final bill if these changes were not made. The resources are available at: