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Esperanza Care, affordable healthcare, Immigration Reform, Low-Income

COPA Launches $2M Health Care Expansion in Monterey County

Monday, October 16, 2017
The Californian & Monterey Herald

When Maria Elena Manzo (upper left photo), an asthma educator from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, first discovered that children of Monterey County undocumented were unable to qualify for free life-saving asthma inhalers — and that those in Santa Cruz county did — she immediately reached out to COPA-IAF.  She and other COPA leaders organized hundreds of conversations over the next few years to build the political will, first for a $500,000 county-funded pilot project providing basic healthcare services to undocumented families, and now for Esperanza Care.

Esperanza Care, is a $2 million program that will expand the pilot primary and preventive care program to make it more comprehensive and available to more people.  It will also provide access, for the first time, to outpatient services at neurology, diabetes, heart and dermatology clinics....


Together Louisiana, Medicaid, BCRA, affordable healthcare

Together Louisiana Reminds Sen. Cassidy of Medicaid Promise

Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Advocate & More

To the surprise of many, both Louisiana Senators voted in favor of two health care measures that would roll back Medicaid funding.  In response, Together Louisiana publicly reminded one of the Senators of his Medicaid promises:

“Sen. (Bill) Cassidy has shown, in a way that has been refreshing and sometimes surprising, intelligence, thoughtfulness, content knowledge and compassion in his assessments of the realities of the health care bills as they’ve worked their way through the House and the Senate.  He has said in many occasions and many different forms, in small settings and large settings, including face to face interviews and to members of Together Louisiana, that he would not support the Senate bill in the current form because it was too devastating an effect on individual people and on health care markets. And yesterday he voted for that bill....”


Spokane Alliance, Washington IAF, mental health facility

Spokane Alliance Secures Support for Mental Health Facility

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Spokesman Review

At present, if a mentally ill person commits a crime in Spokane, the only places to send them are either the ER or jail.  After three years of work, Spokane Alliance leaders secured political support for a proposal they developed — the construction of a mental health stabilization facility to which individuals meeting certain criteria can be referred for short term treatment.

The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build the facility in 2018.

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Medicaid, Rabbi Akselrad, Rabbi Cohen, Bishop Edwards, Bishop Pepe, Bishop Holmerud, Bishop Hoshibata, Bishop Talmage, Bishop Carcaño

Nevada Faith Leaders: Don't Cut Medicaid

Friday, June 23, 2017
Nevada Independent
As leaders of the interfaith community and Nevadans for the Common Good, we understand “true worship is to work for justice and care for the poor and oppressed” (Isaiah 58: 5-7).
 
For this reason, we are deeply concerned about how proposed cuts to Medicaid would affect the most vulnerable in our community. Medicaid provides life sustaining health care for more than 600,000 Nevadans, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, veterans, the working poor, and persons with disabilities.
 
Equal access to adequate health care affirms the dignity of every person. Medicaid coverage includes ...

Senate Health Bill, AHCA, Medicaid, affordable healthcare

Together Baton Rouge Targets US Senator Cassidy Re: Medicaid

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Together Baton Rouge
Arguing that Louisiana would be big loser in Senate swap of health coverage for tax cuts, Together Baton Rouge leaders circulated a video featuring one of Senator Cassidy's constituents.  
 
April Blackburn voted for Bill Cassidy for his 2014 US Senate race. She met Senator Cassidy in person earlier in the year, where he assured her that he only would support a health bill if it assured that "families like hers would be taken care of" and would not "fall through the cracks."
 
April's three year-old daughter has leukemia. Her chemotherapy costs over $1 million. They are one of the families who could lose coverage from the proposed Medicaid cuts....

Arizona Interfaith, Medicaid, AHCA, affordable healthcare, Arizona IAF

Arizona Interfaith: Restructuring Medicaid Will Cause Irreversible Harm

Monday, June 19, 2017
Scottsdale Independent

Beware Arizona. The potential restructuring of Medicaid, as approved by the House and undergoing secretive deliberations in the Senate, will cause irreversible harm.

Close to 500,000 Arizonans will lose health care coverage, endangering lives and undermining an open public process.

As clergy leaders with the Arizona Interfaith Network, we are profoundly concerned that the proposed changes under the American Health Care Act would affect virtually every dimension of family life, especially for middle and lower income families.

From caring for people in our congregations, we know that Medicaid saves lives….


Mental Health

AMOS Fights for Expanded Mental Health Care Coverage

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Des Moines Register

Six months after a fall assembly in which hundreds of AMOS leaders pressured state legislators to restore mental health funding, leaders persisted in their quest — writing an OpEd and testifying before the legislature.

“This isn’t just a tax issue. This is an issue of life or death,” testified Travis Stanley, pastor of Norwalk Christian Church and leader with AMOS.  AMOS criticizes a state law capping the amount counties can collect for such services to the amount they collected in 1996, regardless of whether the county grew since then.  “Keeping the cap at 1996 levels — when I was 16 — has killed people. People have lost their lives because of this,” he said.

Let Counties Spend More on Mental Health, Advocates Ask LegislatorsDes Moines Register [pdf]

Stop Underfunding Mental HealthDes Moines Register

Ankeny Candidates Agree to Support More Mental Healthcare AccessDes Moines Register


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.'


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