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In the News


Affordable Care Act, Affordable Housing, criminal justice reform, Boston

Hundreds Attend Interfaith Gathering to Work for Justice, Save Health Law

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Boston Globe

Over 900 people filled the sanctuary and two overflow rooms at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain to call on elected officials to work with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization...


Matthew McDermott, Insurance Rates

Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
New York Times

Matthew McDermott, the leader of an interfaith advocacy group, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, said: “We’re concerned that the proposed rate increases will drive many employers and many individuals to drop coverage altogether. And we worry that that heads us toward a market failure here in Connecticut.”


Together Louisiana, Medicaid Expansion, Governor John Bel Edwards

At Urging of 'Together Louisiana', Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Associated Press

On his first full day in office, newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards made good on a pledge to ‘Together Louisiana’ to expand Medicaid. Edwards signed the executive order for this expansion flanked by Together Louisiana leaders Fr. Rick Andrus, Rev. Patti Snyder, Ms. Pat LeDuff and Ms. Alma Stewart (with LA Health Equity). The expansion is expected to provide healthcare to an additional 300,000 Louisiana residents within the next six months....


California IAF, community organizing in Central California, Salinas, Monterey

COPA Advances Health Services for Uninsured Undocumented Kids

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Monterey Herald

No money was actually handed out, but a proposed pilot program aimed at providing health services to Monterey County’s undocumented immigrants may have been the biggest winner during Tuesday’s county budget hearing....


Insurance, Marketplace, Wisconsin IAF

Common Ground Led Obamacare Enrollments in 2014: Report

Friday, November 14, 2014
Milwaukee Business Journal

With open enrollment starting Saturday for the second year of the online Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, a recent report shows that Common Ground Health Care Cooperative added the most enrollees of Wisconsin insurers in the first year....


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.


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