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Take Action: Ask your senators to support Medicaid and Medicare AAP loan forgiveness in the next COVID package

The Senate is expected to take up a COVID-19 supplemental bill after returning from recess July 20, following passage last month in the House of the Heroes Act that we as a health system supported. In advance of action there, we stand with the Catholic Health Association of the United Sates (CHA) in urging everyone within the health system and our ministries to ask lawmakers to include several provisions in a final COVID-19 relief package that will provide essential resources for the Medicaid program and financial relief for providers with loans under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment programs (AAP).[More]

tags: Advocacy, health care, Sisters of Charity Health System

Statement from the Sisters of Charity Health System: A CALL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others in similar circumstances remind us that racism continues to cast a long shadow across our nation. Structural racism is also manifesting significantly today through the disproportionate deaths of Black Americans and other people of color from COVID-19. We must respond in a renewed commitment to justice and peace. Let us work in solidarity to end the racism and violence that continues to devastate the health and well-being of too many. [More]

tags: Advocacy, health care, Outreach, Prayers, Foundations

Ask Congress to support hospitals and health systems—and their caregivers and patients—in next COVID-19 relief package

Leaders from the Senate, House and Administration are working on proposals for the next COVID-19 relief package. While timing for the next package is still uncertain, previous COVID-19 relief legislation have come together quickly, so it is important to engage with your lawmakers immediately.
Please contact your senators and representative and ask them to include a number of important policies in the next COVID-19 relief package to support front-line health care personnel and providers—including hospitals, health systems, physicians and nurses.[More]

tags: Advocacy, Sisters of Charity Health System, health care

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]

tags: Advocacy, Sisters of Charity Health System

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]

tags: Advocacy, health care, Sisters of Charity Health System