Sisters of Charity Health System Statement on the Senate's draft health care bill: the Better Care Reconciliation Act

6/27/2017

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Like many in the health care provider community, we stand in opposition to the Senate’s draft health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).  The Senate proposal would have a devastating impact on our nation's most vulnerable populations.  According to analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the BCRA would lead to 22 million more uninsured U.S. residents by 2026.

From the onset of this debate, Catholic hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key values that would protect coverage for Americans. An acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life. Such a health care system must protect conscience rights, as well as extend to immigrant families.

BCRA moves in the opposite direction, particularly for our most vulnerable patients including children, cutting $772 billion in Medicaid spending across the next decade. Cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance. Medicaid covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support.  

For example, Medicaid is a vital tool in addressing the opioid addiction crisis. At St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, our center of excellence in addiction medicine – Rosary Hall – is a leading partner in the community in providing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that has far greater success rates than disparate treatment options for addiction. Medicaid covers millions of Americans and our most vulnerable patients, including those in the crisis of addiction. 

Some facts:

  • More than 220,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Repeal would kick those people off of their insurance, potentially disrupting treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans as they are fighting for their lives.
  • Ohio spent nearly $1 billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic last year alone, with 70 percent of this investment coming directly from Medicaid. BCRA would end Medicaid expansion, and replace it with just $2 billion to address the opioid crisis in the entire country over 10 years. Experts have said even a $45 billion investment won’t work. The money is useless if Ohio doesn’t have a Medicaid program to get people covered.  

BCRA is a giant step backwards from the goal of accessible and affordable health for all.  We can and must do better on behalf of all those who rely on our nation's health care programs and providers.  Above all, we urge our elected officials always to keep in mind the many millions of poor individuals and vulnerable families who will be affected by any changes to our health care system.  We encourage our elected officials to start over and work together with all the stakeholders for solutions to enhance availability, affordability and quality that will benefit everyone.

 

Media Contact

Rebecca L. Gallant

P: 216-696-8408

Media Resources view materials

Events see full calendar

See Calendar of Events

Publications view publications

Blog Posts From

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $468,150 in grants in 2Q 2018

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland announced that it will award $468,150 in grants for the second quarter of 2018. Second-quarter funding is focused heavily on health initiatives and health policy, as well as continued support of Catholic sisters and their ministries.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Mercy Medical Center blog: doctor’s faith perspective influences approach to medicine

What is it that helps a doctor to really see beyond himself and understand the needs of his patients? For Russell L. Ramey, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Mercy Medical Center, that would be his faith. Dr. Ramey recently discussed how his faith perspective influences his approach to medicine and interactions with his patients.
[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department medical director discusses suicide prevention

The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Department is one of only two in Ohio and serves as a crisis center, providing a safety net for nearly 4,000 patients annually who need immediate behavioral health care in an emergency setting. In light of recent high-profile suicides and rising suicide rates in Ohio, Dr. Albana Dreshaj, the department’s medical director, offered some advice through the hospital’s radiant blog for those who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is.[More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces 2018 Leadership in Diversity and Legislative Champion awardees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will honor PASOs, an organization that supports Latino communities with education, advocacy and leadership development, with the Leadership in Diversity award and South Carolina state representative Neal Collins with the Legislative Champion award at the 2018 Leadership in Diversity & Legislative Champion Awards Presentation at the foundation’s offices.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

South Carolina fatherhood programs in the spotlight on Father’s Day

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has a mission to reduce child poverty through father engagement. It is the hub of a unique statewide network of program centers and satellite offices serving fathers and families in every county of the state. Several of its fatherhood programs received media coverage around Father’s Day and Tom Keith, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, wrote a guest column for The State about the importance of fathers. [More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, outreach, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations