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NETWORK's current healthcare project: Medicaid Expansion in all 50 states. For more information and to access our toolkit, visit:

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.


Our support of the current law does not mean that we are completely satisfied, however. There are a number of steps we still need to take to improve our U.S. healthcare system.


“Affordable and accessible health care is an essential safeguard of human life and a fundamental human right. Any plan to reform the nation’s health care system must be rooted in values that respect human dignity, protect human life, and meet the unique needs of [people who are] poor. We support health care that is affordable and accessible to all.” -- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium