NETWORK's legislative agenda for 2015 can be viewed here.
Since our founding more than 40 years ago, NETWORK has advocated for accessible, affordable, quality, universal healthcare. We believe, on the basis of Catholic Social Teaching, that access for all to affordable, quality healthcare is a fundamental social good – i.e., something that benefits all of us – as well as a human right.
The passing and signing into law in March 2010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (healthcare reform) marked the first time in U.S. history that our government has committed to steps to ensure that people of all ages, including those with preexisting health concerns, have healthcare coverage. The new law does not have everything we wanted, but it is a historic step, and we were elated when its constitutionality was affirmed by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.
The new law promotes quality healthcare that is more accessible, affordable, universal and pro-life.
Specific changes in our healthcare system are occurring year-by-year as aspects of the new law come into effect.
What We Need:
- We must protect and expand
the Affordable Care Act. A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health
insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this
month. This is a historic reduction in the number of uninsured people.
- All states should immediately
expand Medicaid programs for families
and individuals who are eligible. Under the ACA, families and
individuals who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level are eligible
for Medicaid. Lawmakers who deny access to healthcare for Americans struggling
in poverty are acting unjustly. Medicaid must be available to all eligible
persons, and elected officials should immediately expand this vital healthcare
- Congress should immediately enact a
four-year funding extension for the Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP) this year. While
the CHIP program was reauthorized through 2019, the funding is currently set to
expire in 2015 unless Congress acts this year.
- We must eliminate restrictions
on coverage for immigrants. Eliminate the five-year ban for documented immigrants to be
eligible for government healthcare benefits (Medicaid, federal subsidies, etc.)
and allow undocumented immigrants to buy healthcare coverage on the exchange
with their own money.
NETWORK's current healthcare project: Medicaid Expansion in all 50 states. For more information and to access our toolkit, visit: http://www.networklobby.org/nuns-bus-medicaid-expansion