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]
May 10, 2018

Tell Congress not to support the harsh cuts to SNAP in the House Farm Bill

The House of Representatives recently introduced its version of the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization (H.R. 2). The bill proposes significant changes to domestic nutrition programs, which could result in up to 2 million people losing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Your voice is needed as the House is set to vote on the bill as early as next week. [More]
May 9, 2018

Ohio Medicaid eligibility requirements could have 18,000 losing coverage and cost counties millions

Ohio has joined a growing list of states that have requested permission to require certain Medicaid beneficiaries to work or complete other community-engagement activities as a condition of eligibility. The state estimates it would affect about 5 percent of the 700,000 people enrolled in the program as a result of Medicaid expansion. Documents the state prepared show that 18,000 people a year would lose Medicaid health benefits if the work requirement, known as the 1115 Demonstration Waiver, is put in place. [More]
May 8, 2018

Write to Congress today to support the Overdose Prevention & Safety Act/Protecting Jessica Grubb's Legacy Act

Please ask your representatives and senators to co-sponsor HR 3545/S 1850, and to ensure that these bills are included in the upcoming opioid legislation. HR 3545/S 1850 would align current regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) records with existing patient protections for treatment, payment and health care operations, so that SUD and other medical records would be treated in the exact same way. This is essential to the work and mission of those treating patients with substance use disorders, and for their patients’ safety. [More]
February 19, 2018

Tell Congress to Keep Working to Provide a Bipartisan Solution to Protect Young Immigrants

The Senate failed to move forward last week with several bills that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million young immigrants, including those currently participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival's (DACA) program expiring next month. Please ask Congress to keep working to provide a bipartisan solution to protect young immigrants now. [More]
January 12, 2018

Sisters of Charity Health System and Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine mourn passing of ADAMHS CEO Valeria Harper

The Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Valeria Harper, chief executive officer at the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Valeria on Wednesday, January 10. [More]
November 17, 2017

Sisters of Charity Health System statement on repeal of the ACA individual mandate

The Senate Finance Committee will soon release tax legislation that includes a repeal of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This proposal would lead to a devastating increase of 13 million in the number of uninsured in our nation, and further destabilize the health insurance market. Please contact your senators now and ask them to oppose any legislation that includes a repeal of the individual mandate under the ACA. [More]

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