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Health Care

For decades, the Catholic bishops have advocated for quality, accessible and affordable health care for all.

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"Health care is not just another issue for the Church. It is a fundamental issue of human life and dignity."—Hill Notes, USCCB, 2011

The bishops believe health care policy should be supported that:

  • Ensures access to quality, affordable, life giving health care for all
  • Retains longstanding requirements that federal funds not be used for elective abortions or plans that include them and effectively protects conscience rights
  • Protects the access to health care that immigrants currently have and removes current barriers to access

"Providing affordable and accessible health care that clearly reflects these fundamental criteria is a public good, moral imperative and urgent national priority."

HHS Mandate

"Whether people are serving the poor elderly, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, or running a family business, like the Greens, the government should recognize that human dignity by allowing people to live out their faith absent a very strong reason...The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) guarantees this protection. Thank God for RFRA."—Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Recent News

  • HHS Mandate Temporarily Halted, December 2013
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance coverage of birth control or face penalties as part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more
  • Archbishop Kurtz Asks President for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines Against Ministries, December 2013
    Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the USCCB, asked President Obama to temporarily exempt religious institutions from crippling fines if their insurance plans exclude sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. Read more

Medicaid Expansion

The Catholic tradition affirms that health care is a basic right flowing from the sanctity and dignity of human life. Millions of Americans continue to go without health care coverage in our nation. Over 48 million people lack health insurance.

As provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented the uninsured rate has dropped some. The provision to expand Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act is expected to have the one of largest impacts on reducing the number of insured along with the creation of the health insurance exchanges.

Although the law mandated that states expand their Medicaid coverage to most people living at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 removed the mandated expansion and gave states the option of expanding eligibility for their Medicaid programs.

Online Resources

Documents for Download

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Backgrounder on Federal Regulation on Coerced Abortion Payments 2012


Bishop Notes on Protecting Life and Dignity in Health Care


Cardinal DiNardo Letter to Senate


Prayer for Health Care Reform


Resources and Background on HHS Contraceptive Coverage Rule 2012

USCCB Backgrounder on Access to Health Care 2013View
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