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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...

 


Health Care

Ohio's Gov. John Kasich to seek Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saying that an expansion of Medicaid will help some of the poorest Ohioans, Gov. John Kasich included the much-anticipated announcement in his two-year budget proposal Monday.  Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of 40 religious groups and the lead organizer of the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition, pledged Monday to do our part to make sure Ohio legislators understand that expanding Medicaid will keep Ohioans€™ tax dollars here in our state, working to help our economy, our health and our state budget.


Health Care

Religious, community members rally to urge Gov. Kasich to expand Medicaid in Ohio

Friday, January 25, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --- More than 1,000 rallied at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Thursday night to show their support for expanding Medicaid in Ohio. The assembly brought together members of religious congregations, community groups and major health care providers to demonstrate community support for expanding Medicaid. 


Health Care

Groups call on Kasich to Expand Medicaid in Ohio

Thursday, January 24, 2013
MSNBC

More than a thousand people filled Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland Thursday to demonstrate widespread community support for Ohio Medicaid expansion. "If people have medical insurance they're more likely to see a doctor, they're more likely to get preventative care, they're going to stay healthier," said Dr. Kristin Englund who came out for the rally. 


Health Care, Low Income, Community Organizing in California

Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approve Low-Income Healthcare

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
SEIU-ULTCW

Community and Labor leaders with Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) celebrated the Monterey Board of Supervisor’s decision to move forward with the implementation of a Low Income Healthcare Plan (LIHP), January 15th.

After a two year struggle to get the LIHP off the ground, the county is now poised to begin insurance enrollment of county residents making 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.


organizing in Texas, organizing in Dallas, Medicaid Expansion, Human Life & Dignity

Dallas Area Interfaith Forces Much-Needed Debate on Medicaid Expansion

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dallas Morning News

I wondered if we were even going to discuss it. And thanks to a Dallas interfaith alliance, I guess we will.

With hardly a peep of protest, it seemed, Gov. Rick Perry told Washington we don’t want its stinkin’ billions of dollars to provide health coverage for more Texans.


organizing for healthcare, organizing in Texas, organizing in Dallas, Medicaid Expansion

Dallas Area Interfaith Challenges Texas Governor to ‘Opt-In’

Monday, December 3, 2012
Dallas Morning News

Gov. Rick Perry might have been surprised to hear his name invoked repeatedly during a recent gathering at Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission.  But the rollicking crowd that filled the northwest Dallas church was not praising the governor’s leadership or even praying for his soul.  Nearly 300 people crowded into the church to launch a petition drive challenging Perry’s decision to opt out of a Medicaid expansion.


Organizing in California, Organizing in Los Angeles, California healthcare exchange

One LA Works to Reorganize Healthcare in Southern California

Monday, November 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Nearly every day, worried Californians call a Pacoima hotline asking what lies ahead in healthcare reform: Do I have to get private insurance? Will I lose my Medi-Cal? How much will it cost? When does it start?

"There's mass confusion already," said Katie Murphy, managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.


community organizing in Los Angeles, Community Organizing in California, organizing for healthcare, health exchange, health justice, California IAF, organizing for human life and dignity

California State Officials Urged to Make Healthcare More Affordable

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Tidings

Renewed hope was the sentiment of most people attending a Sept. 6 (One LA) health care assembly, after state officials committed to create a system where public and private insurance providers offer education, affordable insurance and quality care.


Health Care

Massachusetts Aims to Cut Growth of Its Health Costs

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The New York Times

The Massachusetts legislature passed a first-in-the-nation bill on Tuesday that seeks to limit the growth of health care costs in the state. 


organizing for human life, organizing for human dignity, Immigration, prenatal care, organizing in Nebraska, organizing in Omaha

OTOC Fights for Prenatal Healthcare for Low Income Women in Nebraska

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Omaha World Herald

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) joins the Nebraska Catholic Conference, United Methodist Church leadership, Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska and many other medical, religious and social institutions in support of Legislative Bill 599.  This common-sense legislation would restore prenatal care for all low-income women... 


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