Health Care

Health Care

Tue Sep 23, 2014

The morning after an assembly in which hundreds of San Fernando Valley leaders of One LA leveraged commitments from District 3 candidates to ensure sufficient funding for the ‘My Health LA’ program, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to invest $6 Million inadditional dollars for the program.

One LA estimates that the added funding will expand coverage by 35 to 40 thousand individuals.  This victory comes months after the organization identified millions of County dollarsthat could be used to cover more uninsured people, including undocumented County residents.

One LA leaders and allies were on hand for the vote.

LA County Supervisor Rivals Sheila Kuehl Bobby Shriver Debate TonightLA Times

LA County’s Top Health Official Shows Compassionate SideLA Daily News

One LA Urges Supervisors to Cover the UninsuredAngelus – The Tidings Online

Additional background informationWXSWIAF

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Tue May 6, 2014

Testifying before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, COPA leader Elsa Quezada called for a County strategy to educate undocumented and uninsured Monterey residents about newly available healthcare services.  ”They are our neighbors, our friends, they go to church with us, they join us at the park, the rodeo…their children go to school with our children,” she argued.

At COPA’s urging, the Board approved the creation of a strategic plan and simplified “access point document” to better spread the word about healthcare access to the uninsured; both are to be produced within 90 days.

Study: Undocumented Rarely Visit DoctorsThe Californian

Buscan Servicios de SaludUnivision Monterey-Salinas Channel 67


Sat Feb 1, 2014

Since last year’s victory in busting through political blockage to resurrect the Low Income Health Plan, Viacare, over 3,000 Monterey County residents have enrolled, doubling last year’s projections.  In addition to this, and in partnership with the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, COPA institutions reached over 2500 people through civic academies about the Affordable Care Act.  [Photo Credit: Nic Coury, Monterey County Weekly]

County Extends Health Insurance Bridge Program, Obamacare Enrollment Kicks InMonterey County Weekly

COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
Fri Jun 14, 2013

Seven moderate Republicans broke ranks during a late night vote, ushering Medicaid expansion into Arizona and expanding access to 300,000 vulnerable poor.  This followed a VIP assembly in which 800 leaders applauded state Senators, Representatives and Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer for supporting expansion.  Additional press here.  [Photo by David Jolkovski,Ahwatukee Foothills News]


Tue Feb 19, 2013

One LA leaders fought for and won “Community Partner Status” with the LA County Department of Health Services, granting it direct access to the county enrollment system.  Now 50 leaders will train to become ‘Certified Application Assisters’, with the power to directly enroll people through the County computer system at 25 One LA mobile enrollment events at member institutions.  They will be supported 30 leaders at each institution trained as ‘healthcare experts,’ who will educate and recruit people to attend their institiution’s events. The goal is to enroll thousands of eligible LA residents.

Wed Jan 16, 2013

 

When COPA leaders discovered a lapsed initiative to provide healthcare to low-income adults in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, leaders organized an assembly with seven out of the ten county supervisors and leveraged commitments to bust through the political blockage.  Congregational and labor leaders soon rejoiced when the Monterey Board of Supervisors voted to implement the Low Income Health Care Plan (LIHP) and extend healthcare coverage to as many as 1,500 additional adults.  


Thu Aug 2, 2012

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a lead group inside the coalition that passed Massachusetts' 2006 universal health care law, has made health care history again by organizing overwhelming public support for a new law that will contain the growth of medical costs.  This legislation, like the universal health care law itself, will likely become a model for national reform.  

Wed Feb 22, 2012

Common Ground, a coalition of religious groups and other organizations, has been awarded a $56.4 million federal loan to start a nonprofit health insurer that would be run by its members.

The money is part of $3.8 billion included federal health care reform to help start nonprofit health insurers, similar to cooperatives, to compete in the market for individuals and small businesses.

The loans are to help the nonprofit health insurers - referred to as CO-OPs, for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans - with start-up costs and to meet requirements that insurers maintain minimum reserves to pay claims.

Thu Aug 11, 2011

Tananya Henry of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization cheers the hard work that led to the Massachusetts health reform law -- which has since provided health insurance coverage to nearly 1/2 million people all across the state, including many member of her own Roxbury church.

Wed Jun 15, 2011

As a result of house meetings with over 3,000 people from 35 institutions, DAI leaders created the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange to accept, repair, sanitize, and redistribute durable medical equipment such as walkers, hospital beds, wheel chairs, etc.

This equipment is needed by 25 to 50,000 people a year in Dallas County.

 

Wed Jun 15, 2011

After a prolonged fight on behalf of expectant mothers who had to travel 45 miles to Marshalltown or Des Moines for affordable prenatal healthcar, AMOS leaders succeeded in establishing a free pre-natal care clinic for the uninsured women.  The ambulatory clinic will be staffed with volunteer medical personnel and focus on neighborhoods with the least access to affordable healthcare.  Said CCHD Director Ralph McCLoud: "AMOS saves lives by ensuring that pregnant mothers have proper prenatal care."

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NCLI, Louisiana Interfaith, Louisiana IAF, Organizing in Louisiana, Congressman Vance McAllister

NCLI Gets (R) Congressman to Admit Louisiana Needs Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith

Over 150 leaders from Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith assembled with three candidates for US Congressional District 5 including Republican incumbent Vance McAllister, Dr. Ralph Abraham and Mayor Jamie Mayo.  Leaders succeeded in leveraging bipartisan agreement to work with the organization to....


Community Organizing in Milwaukee, Cathy McHaffey, Healthcare Co-Op

Common Ground's CEO Recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal

Friday, September 5, 2014
Milwaukee Business Journal

Cathy Mahaffey grew up in small town in southwestern Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, where she learned to fish — a passion she still shares with her two sons and husband, Tim.

Away from the water, the Mahaffeys form a health insurance power couple as both Cathy and Tim lead separate Wisconsin-based health insurance organizations. She looks and sounds like a businesswoman in her professional attire and expertise in referencing insurance industry lingo.


Attorney General Coakley, Partners Healthcare System, ACA, Medical Costs, Community Organizing in Boston, Community Organizing in Massachusetts

GBIO Scrutinizes Deal Between AG Coakley & Partners Healthcare

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Boston Globe

Saying it’s worried that mounting medical costs are squeezing family and government budgets, a group that is representing dozens of Boston-area religious congregations wants the state Health Policy Commission to determine whether a pending deal between Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare System will make health care more affordable.


California IAF, Community Organizing in California, community organizing in Los Angeles, Healthcare, ACA

One LA-IAF Demands LA County Supervisors Cover All

Friday, May 30, 2014
Angelus - The Tidings Online

Claretian Father Bruce Wellems, pastor of San Gabriel Mission, testified that increasing funds to cover the “residually uninsured” [undocumented residents] is “the right thing to do. It’s the just thing to do. It’s a good investment and will save money in the end. We think it should be done right, and we don’t want to create a waiting list during the year.”


Community Organizing in California, Community Organizing in Central Coast California, COPA, Tim McManus, ACA, Healthcare

COPA Wins Healthcare Plan of Action for Uninsured & Undocumented

Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Californian & Univision Channel 64

COPA leader Elsa Quezada testified before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, calling for a County strategy to educate undocumented and uninsured Monterey residents about newly available healthcare services.  

”They are our neighbors, our friends, they go to church with us, they join us at the park, the rodeo…their children go to school with our children,” she argued...


community organizing in Los Angeles, Community Organizing in California, California IAF, ACA

One LA Finds $11M in County Funds, Demands More Healthcare

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LA Times & Jewish Journal

After identifying $11 million in otherwise sunsetting County funds, One LA-IAF leaders testified to the Board of Supervisors about their year long enrollment effort and the the gaps that remain even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act...


DACA, Healthcare Eligibility, Covered California, Diane Vanette, ACA, Medi-Cal

One LA Spreads Word of Healthcare Eligibility in Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times

...Diane Vanette, a volunteer with OneLA who screens people at Obamacare enrollment events, recently informed a couple with deferred-action status that they were both eligible for Medi-Cal.  “He was shocked, she was shocked,” Vanette said....


COPA, ViaCare, LIHP, ACA, Healthcare Access, Tim McManus, Joaquin Sanchez

COPA Explodes Barriers to Healthcare Access in Monterey County

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Monterey County Weekly

ACA, Enrollment, Obama, Dallas, Healthcare Organizing, Texas IAF, Willie Bennett

President Obama Thanks Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Texas Tribune

The president spoke at Temple Emanu-El, a Jewish synagogue and member of Dallas Area Interfaith, a nonpartisan coalition of religious organizations that advocates for affordable health care options. He thanked Dallas Area Interfaith and other health care advocates for their efforts to educate Texans on the impact of federal health reform...


ACA, Federal Insurance Marketplace, Universal Healthcare, DAI, Willie Bennett

Dallas Area Interfaith Enrollment Efforts Draw Visit from President Obama

Monday, November 4, 2013
Dallas Morning News & Politico

White House press secretary Jay Carney responds: “Dallas is one of the 10 cities with the highest rates of uninsured residents that participate in the federal marketplace, and Dallas has one of the most active groups in the community working on enrollment and outreach efforts.  President looks forward to meeting with these folks who are playing such an important role in the outreach effort to make sure that Americans who are uninsured get the insurance that’s available to them...


ACA, Obamacare, Medicaid Expansion, Texas Solution, Josephine Lopez Paul

ACT Fights For Those in Healthcare Limbo

Thursday, October 24, 2013
KERA News

Even with Obamacare, more than one million people in Texas are in health care limbo. Since the state didn’t expand Medicaid, low-income people people like [ACT leader] Sheila Anderson won’t have access to government assistance or health insurance subsidies on the marketplace... 


ACA, Federal Insurance Marketplace, Obamacare, Universal Healthcare, Willie Bennett

300 Dallas Leaders Launch Healthcare Campaign

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Dallas Morning News

For years, Dallas Area Interfaith has zeroed in on ways to expand access to insurance and to reduce the cost of medical care overall. Now, "Dallas-area church and community groups are hoping to sort out the confusion of the federal Affordable Care Act, using a colorful new booklet that explains the law to people who are uninsured. About 300 people kicked off the educational effort Thursday night at Temple Emanu-El in North Dallas.


Covered California, California IAF, Community Organizing in California, Universal Healthcare

One LA Assembly Aims to Clarify Healthcare Act

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Jewish Journal

One LA-IAF organized an assembly in Temple Judea with hundreds of institutional leaders, calling for universal healthcare coverage.  Invited guests included a County Supervisor and two Board leaders of 'Covered California.'


Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in San Antonio, Social Justice, Interfaith, Universal Healthcare, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Convenes 100 Stakeholders Re: ACA Planning

Friday, September 6, 2013
San Antonio Business Journal

Sr. Gabriella speaks to press with Congressman Doggett and Judge Wolff.  Lead Organizer: Jorge MontielWith about 100,000 Bexar County residents eligible to get healthcare insurance through the exchange, leaders from COPS/Metro Alliance and University Health System brought together close to 100 community stakeholders to evaluate ACA implementation readiness and identify concerns. 


Community Organizing in Texas, ACA, Texas IAF, Jacob Cortes, Insurance Enrollment, Social Justice

Austin Interfaith Weighs in on Enrollment Challenge in Texas

Friday, July 19, 2013
New York Times

Texas officials have declined to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace, a major provision of the federal Affordable Care Act.  So private organizations are wokring to education Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, which opens on Oct. 1....


Health Care

Could Medicaid expansion decrease drug court costs, save local taxpayer dollars? Cleveland judge says yes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia estimates that area residents could save millions in local taxes if the offenders he sees in drug court had health insurance.
And if Ohio were to expand Medicaid, as being debated by state legislators, many of the defendants in his court would qualify for the state and federal health insurance program for the poor.... As the clock ticks on a decision, local lobbying for expansion has stepped up: On Monday, community activists held a rally at the Neighborhood Family Practice Center, a federally qualified community health center on Cleveland's West Side. In addition, Greater Cleveland Congregations announced that dozens of volunteers from area religious organizations and neighborhood groups will go door to door in the legislative swing districts of Rocky River, Berea and Solon this week to urge people to contact their legislators. 


Medicaid Expansion, Universal Healthcare, Arizona Interfaith Network, Organizing in Arizona

800 Arizona Leaders Renew Call for Expanded Medicaid with Governor

Monday, May 6, 2013
Ahwatukee Foothills News

Meeting city, state, faith and education leaders on Thursday, [Republican] Sen. John McComish, of District 18, voiced his continued support for Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid in the state at a panel hosted by the Valley Interfaith Project (VIP)…..McComish and [Republican State] Rep. Heather Carter, of District 15, pushed the expansion that would give Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Arizona residents.

West / Southwest IAF


Health Care

Ohio House keeps Medicaid discussion going

Friday, April 19, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

COLUMBUS, Ohio --Ohio's Medicaid expansion is down, but not out.  House Republicans kept alive the possibility that Ohio may expand its Medicaid program to cover the working poor, approving an amendment to its budget that could open the door to changes later this year.... The amendment drew praise from Greater Cleveland Congregations, one of several groups that organized a rally outside the Statehouse last week urging lawmakers to support extending Medicaid. "The fact that this amendment passed with in a near-unanimous bipartisan vote shows that the legislature listened to the overwhelming outpouring of public support from Ohioans over the past 10 days, and wants to keep the conversation moving forward," Ari Lipman, lead organizer for the coalition, said in a statement. "Our diverse coalition will continue to work with House leadership, the Senate, and Governor Kasich through the budget process to achieve the best outcome for Ohio."

 

Medicaid Expansion, Network of Texas Organizations, Community Organizing in Texas

Network of Texas Organizations Rally Again for Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Star Telegram

Anderson and her 66-year-old mother, Martha Anderson [photo right], were among about 60 Tarrant County residents who gathered at the St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Fort Worth … for the 200-mile bus trip to Austin. The trip was organized by the Allied Communities of Tarrant (ACT) [in coordination with the Network of Texas Organizations].

West / Southwest IAF


Community Organizing in Texas, Medicaid Expansion, Network of Texas Organizations

COPS / Metro Leverages Bexar County Support for Medicaid

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SA Express-News

On a bipartisan vote, Bexar County commissioners Tuesday urged Texas lawmakers to expand the state’s Medicaid program and take advantage of federal matching funds under the Affordable Care Act.2014 to 2017, expansion will bring $27.2 billion in federal revenue to Texas for just over $3 billion in state investments,” said [Republican] County Judge Nelson Wolff.


Community Organizing in Texas, Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Network of Texas Organizations

Valley Interfaith Wins Hidalgo County Support for Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rio Grande Guardian

Valley Interfaith members were at Hidalgo County Commissioners Court to urge commissioners to pass a resolution in support of Adult Medicaid.  In a news release, Valley Interfaith said it urges other counties in the Valley to stand also in support. The Rev. Javier Leyva, a Valley Interfaith leader, pointed out that expanding Medicaid would bring over $400 million in Medicaid funds to Hidalgo County and nearly $670 million to the Valley overall.


Community Organizing in Texas, Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Network of Texas Organizations

Personal Stories Drive Fight for Medicaid Expansion in Texas

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rio Grande Guardian

Valley Interfaith leader Rosalie Tristan…spoke of her 55-year-old brother, David Contreras, a husband and father of two. He has a tumor on the back of his head the size of a melon.  He has been told he has to come up with $10,000 in order to see a doctor.  He does not have $10,000.

He has also been told he cannot go to the emergency room of his local hospital until the body tissue bursts. He earns too much to qualify for Medicaid….”


Health Care

Governors Fall Away in G.O.P. Opposition to More Medicaid

Friday, February 22, 2013
The New York Times

Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.... Every few days, state hospital associations and advocates for poor people issue reports asserting that the economic benefits of expanding Medicaid would outweigh the costs. In recent weeks, such reports have been issued in Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The existence of such a report was a decisive factor in Ohio, where Gov. John R. Kasich decided to embrace an expansion after months of lobbying by coalitions of churches, hospitals, business groups and others. Publication of that study — by Ohio State University, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Urban Institute and Regional Economic Models — was “a major watershed moment,” said Ari Lipman, lead organizer of Greater Cleveland Congregations and chairman of the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition.


Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Community Organizing in Texas, Low-Income

Interfaith Groups Rally for Medicaid

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Texas Tribune

Interfaith groups and Democratic state legislators rallied on the Capitol steps Wednesday in support of expanding Medicaid to impoverished adults, as directed by federal health reform. "We don't want more mothers dying. We don't want to lose more brothers...


Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Community Organizing in Texas

Network of Texas Organizations Fights for Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
KXAN

Austin Interfaith, in partnership with the Network of Texas Organizations, convened 200 leaders from various faith traditions on the steps of the Capitol to call on Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature to expand Medicaid...

 


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