The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

We lead efforts and collaborate with others to urge elected officials and policymakers at all levels to find solutions to policy questions of importance to our communities. We educate about the importance of faith-based nonprofits to the common good, including discussing the work of grantmaking foundations and the philanthropic sector, including efforts to ameliorate poverty through health and human services and education programs.

We advocate for good implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including increasing coverage and access for many while protecting the dignity of life. We urged lawmakers to work with the hospital and provider communities to ensure strong reimbursement for providers and sound health care delivery system changes. We share the good news about the community benefit of nonprofit hospitals.

Learn more by reading more about our policy stance, by taking action through our online tools and by accessing important resources we’ve selected for additional information.


You can support the Sisters of Charity Health System’s mission – and our patients, clients, grantees, employees and caregivers – by educating and persuading elected officials and other policymakers about issues affecting people in need and strategies to improve access to care.

Take action now with our e-advocacy tool from CQ Roll Call. Contact elected officials, track votes, stay informed on important issues of the day.





Heather Stoll
VP External Affairs
Sisters of Charity Health System

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Ask Your Congressional Representatives to oppose cutting SNAP benefit levels

Proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would hit Northeast Ohio families particularly hard, according to statistics from the Center for Community Solutions (CCS). CCS found 41 percent of the state’s SNAP recipients would be affected by a federal proposal to remove states’ ability to calculate benefits based on local utility costs. Reducing the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) starting this year could cost Cuyahoga County $21 million and Cleveland $13 million annually. That breaks down to a loss of about $45 a month for each SNAP recipient. Please urge Ohio Senators Brown and Portman and your representative in the U.S. House to oppose the proposed rule.[More]

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Ask Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts

The Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program assists hospitals serving high numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. There are $4 billion in Medicaid DSH reductions scheduled to begin Oct. 1, 2019. The start of the cuts has been delayed by Congress—in a bipartisan manner—multiple times to date. We ask you to contact your U.S. senators and U.S. representative to urge congressional leaders to delay the start of the Medicaid DSH cuts.[More]

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Ask your U.S. representative to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) was reintroduced in the House last week as HR 647. This bipartisan legislation, supported by the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, would establish education centers and career incentive awards to improve the training of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers and other health professionals in palliative care. We are urging everyone to contact your representative to ask him/her to co-sponsor this important legislation[More]

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Tell Ohio legislators to oppose Medicaid expansion freeze vote

Ohio’s Medicaid expansion is working. It has transformed lives of more than 1.2 million people over the last four years, helping hundreds of thousands of Ohioans get back to work. The Ohio General Assembly is likely to come back after Christmas to override vetoes by Gov. John Kasich. There is talk that they may vote to override his 2017 veto of the freeze on Medicaid expansion. Please tell your legislators: Don’t support the Medicaid expansion freeze.[More]

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Tell Congress to oppose the public charge rule

The Administration has proposed a dangerous and unnecessary expansion of the definition of “public charge” when determining the eligibility of legal immigrants to apply for lawful permanent residency (LPR). Under the proposed rule, enrollment in the Medicaid program (and potentially the CHIP program) would prevent legal immigrants from attaining LPR, and force many to choose between vital health care coverage and the ability to adjust immigration status. Please urge the Department of Homeland Security not to finalize this harmful rule and ask your members of Congress to weigh in as well. A sample letter is available on e-Advocacy.[More]

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