May 31, 2020

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]
May 7, 2020

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]
January 7, 2020

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]
February 27, 2019

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]
February 5, 2019

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]
December 20, 2018

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]
November 29, 2018

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]
November 21, 2018

Ask your senators to support the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act

The Sisters of Charity Health System stands with the Catholic Health Association of the United States in urging you to ask your senators to support HR 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act. The act would align substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records with existing patient protections under HIPAA for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations—removing decades-old regulations preventing doctors from knowing their patients’ addiction treatment histories. [More]
August 1, 2018

Ask your senators to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

The House of Representatives recently passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act and the bill is now with the Senate for consideration. Please contact your senators today to urge them to support the same act in the Senate. This bipartisan bill would provide new resources for palliative care research, professional training, and education and outreach to help expand the availability of palliative care for all patients and families facing serious or life-threatening illness. [More]
June 14, 2018

Regarding the ICE raid in Northern Ohio: Tell Congress to address immigration reform

On June 5, raids occurred at Corso's Flower and Garden Center in Sandusky and Castalia, Ohio, in Erie County. This area is a part of the Diocese of Toledo, the neighbor to the Diocese of Cleveland. One hundred fourteen of the migrants who worked at this facility were arrested and are being detained. Many of those who are now in the detention facilities have children and are members of parish communities. Please let your legislators know that the actions of ICE were inhumane and that there are more compassionate ways to respond, including comprehensive immigration reform. [More]

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