Health Care

For decades, the Catholic Church has supported reform of America’s health care system and has promoted the idea that all people should have access to medical care. What policies would best serve that end has been a matter of considerable debate, a debate that continues in the context of the health care reform bill recently approved by Congress. What is not open for debate amongst faithful Catholics, however, is the fact that abortion is not health care and that no American should be forced to pay for another person’s abortion. The new health care reform law fails that test. In the coming days, Catholics must work to ensure that the new law’s provisions in favor of federal financing of abortion are reversed, and that the conscience rights of medical personnel to decline involvement in procedures they find immoral be respected. True health care reform is in service of the goal of expanding health care opportunities for all, in particular the poor.

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Kansas Bishops’ Letter to Congressional Delegation on Health Care Reform

Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Finn’s Joint Pastoral on Health Care Reform



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Bipartisan Leaders Offer Assistance on KanCare Transition

February 21, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis have authored a joint column addressing the transition of the state’s Medicaid program.  In it, they provide phone numbers KanCare consumers can call for assistance. Read More >>

KS Catholic Conference Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Law

The United States Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the national health care law is constitutional.  The Kansas Catholic Conference issued the following statement: The Kansas Catholic Conference takes no position on the specific constitutional questions decided by the United States Supreme Court today.  However, the Court’s decision has the extremely undesirable effect of leaving […] Read More >>

KS House Judiciary Committee Approves Health Care Conscience Bill

The House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would protect health care institutions and personnel from discrimination if they decline to participate in abortion.  The bill now awaits action in the full House. Read More >>

Obama Administration Mandates Coverage for Contraceptive & Abortifacent Drugs

August 4, 2011 | , , , , | Posted in The Issues

In a move celebrated by Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, led by former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius, has directed that health insurance policies must provide coverage for birth control and sterilization.  Under the new policy, insurers will not be allowed to charge co-pays, co-insurance charges, or deductibles for these “preventive […] Read More >>

Obama Administration Overturns Conscience Protection Rule

February 19, 2011 | , , , | Posted in The Issues

The long-anticipated decision by the Obama Administration to overturn the Bush Administration’s conscience protection regulation has finally occurred.  The Bush regulation was designed to protect health care personnel from being required to to participate in medical procedures that they find immoral.  The Obama regulation will apparently keep in place some protections against being forced to […] Read More >>

US Senate Votes Against Repeal of New Health Care Law

February 5, 2011 | , , , | Posted in The Issues

An attempt to repeal the new health care reform law failed on a party line vote of 47-51 on Wednesday.  This comes two weeks after the US House voted for repeal 245-189. Read More >>

US House Votes to Repeal New Health Care Law

January 20, 2011 | , , , | Posted in The Issues

Wednesday, the US House voted 245-189 to repeal the new health care law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last spring.  Despite their decades-long call for reform of America’s health care system, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ultimately opposed passage of the final bill because it contained unacceptable provisions involving federal subsidization […] Read More >>