Health Care

Health Care

Wed Jun 28, 2017

At the urging of COPA leadership, the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County unanimously voted to quadruple the size of COPA’s healthcare pilot project from $500 thousand to $2 Million on an annual basis.

The expanded program will provide at least 2,500 low-income undocumented residents, including farm workers and their families, with full-scope primary and preventative care, labs, radiology, medication and specialty services.  A third-party administrator will be hired to issue enrollment cards, administer payments and track data.

Said Catholic Bishop Richard Garcia, “This has been a success because of the strong belief and labor of so many of our COPA members and our many great leaders representing our various communities!”

The real story is the persistent leadership demonstrated by leaders who are also future beneficiaries — immigrants concerned about their families and neighbors. These leaders organized hundreds of meetings in parishes and neighborhoods, participated in strategy meetings and publicly shared their story at Board meetings. Said leader Tony Jara of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, “This program will allow me to [see a specialist], so I can work and care for my family without experiencing …constant pain.  It gives me great joy to work towards something that will help others in a similar situation.”

[In photo, Veronica Torres of St. Mary Catholic Church will finally be able to see a urologist under the expanded pilot project.]

Background stories detail how COPA:

2016 – Won Support for Undocumented Healthcare

2015 – Leveraged $500,000 for Pilot Health Project

2015 – Defended Healthcare for Unauthorized Kids

2014 – Busted Up Barriers to Healthcare Access

2013 – Resurrected Low Income Health Plan


Tue Sep 23, 2014

The morning after an assembly in which hundreds of San Fernando Valley leaders of One LA leveraged commitments from District 3 candidates to ensure sufficient funding for the ‘My Health LA’ program, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to invest $6 Million inadditional dollars for the program.

One LA estimates that the added funding will expand coverage by 35 to 40 thousand individuals.  This victory comes months after the organization identified millions of County dollarsthat could be used to cover more uninsured people, including undocumented County residents.

One LA leaders and allies were on hand for the vote.

LA County Supervisor Rivals Sheila Kuehl Bobby Shriver Debate TonightLA Times

LA County’s Top Health Official Shows Compassionate SideLA Daily News

One LA Urges Supervisors to Cover the UninsuredAngelus – The Tidings Online

Additional background informationWXSWIAF

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Tue May 6, 2014

Testifying before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, COPA leader Elsa Quezada called 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.

At COPA’s urging, the Board approved the creation of a strategic plan and simplified “access point document” to better spread the word about healthcare access to the uninsured; both are to be produced within 90 days.

Study: Undocumented Rarely Visit DoctorsThe Californian

Buscan Servicios de SaludUnivision Monterey-Salinas Channel 67


Sat Feb 1, 2014

Since last year’s victory in busting through political blockage to resurrect the Low Income Health Plan, Viacare, over 3,000 Monterey County residents have enrolled, doubling last year’s projections.  In addition to this, and in partnership with the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, COPA institutions reached over 2500 people through civic academies about the Affordable Care Act.  [Photo Credit: Nic Coury, Monterey County Weekly]

County Extends Health Insurance Bridge Program, Obamacare Enrollment Kicks InMonterey County Weekly

COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
Fri Jun 14, 2013

Seven moderate Republicans broke ranks during a late night vote, ushering Medicaid expansion into Arizona and expanding access to 300,000 vulnerable poor.  This followed a VIP assembly in which 800 leaders applauded state Senators, Representatives and Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer for supporting expansion.  Additional press here.  [Photo by David Jolkovski,Ahwatukee Foothills News]


Tue Feb 19, 2013

One LA leaders fought for and won “Community Partner Status” with the LA County Department of Health Services, granting it direct access to the county enrollment system.  Now 50 leaders will train to become ‘Certified Application Assisters’, with the power to directly enroll people through the County computer system at 25 One LA mobile enrollment events at member institutions.  They will be supported 30 leaders at each institution trained as ‘healthcare experts,’ who will educate and recruit people to attend their institiution’s events. The goal is to enroll thousands of eligible LA residents.

Wed Jan 16, 2013

 

When COPA leaders discovered a lapsed initiative to provide healthcare to low-income adults in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, leaders organized an assembly with seven out of the ten county supervisors and leveraged commitments to bust through the political blockage.  Congregational and labor leaders soon rejoiced when the Monterey Board of Supervisors voted to implement the Low Income Health Care Plan (LIHP) and extend healthcare coverage to as many as 1,500 additional adults.  


Thu Aug 2, 2012

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a lead group inside the coalition that passed Massachusetts' 2006 universal health care law, has made health care history again by organizing overwhelming public support for a new law that will contain the growth of medical costs.  This legislation, like the universal health care law itself, will likely become a model for national reform.  

Wed Feb 22, 2012

Common Ground, a coalition of religious groups and other organizations, has been awarded a $56.4 million federal loan to start a nonprofit health insurer that would be run by its members.

The money is part of $3.8 billion included federal health care reform to help start nonprofit health insurers, similar to cooperatives, to compete in the market for individuals and small businesses.

The loans are to help the nonprofit health insurers - referred to as CO-OPs, for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans - with start-up costs and to meet requirements that insurers maintain minimum reserves to pay claims.

Thu Aug 11, 2011

Tananya Henry of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization cheers the hard work that led to the Massachusetts health reform law -- which has since provided health insurance coverage to nearly 1/2 million people all across the state, including many member of her own Roxbury church.

Wed Jun 15, 2011

As a result of house meetings with over 3,000 people from 35 institutions, DAI leaders created the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange to accept, repair, sanitize, and redistribute durable medical equipment such as walkers, hospital beds, wheel chairs, etc.

This equipment is needed by 25 to 50,000 people a year in Dallas County.

 

Wed Jun 15, 2011

After a prolonged fight on behalf of expectant mothers who had to travel 45 miles to Marshalltown or Des Moines for affordable prenatal healthcar, AMOS leaders succeeded in establishing a free pre-natal care clinic for the uninsured women.  The ambulatory clinic will be staffed with volunteer medical personnel and focus on neighborhoods with the least access to affordable healthcare.  Said CCHD Director Ralph McCLoud: "AMOS saves lives by ensuring that pregnant mothers have proper prenatal care."

In the News


Senate Health Bill, AHCA, Medicaid, affordable healthcare

Together Baton Rouge Targets US Senator Cassidy Re: Medicaid

Saturday, July 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....

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 ...

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.'


Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in San Antonio, Social Justice, Interfaith, Universal Healthcare, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Convenes 100 Stakeholders Re: ACA Planning

Friday, September 6, 2013
San Antonio Business Journal

Sr. Gabriella speaks to press with Congressman Doggett and Judge Wolff.  Lead Organizer: Jorge MontielWith about 100,000 Bexar County residents eligible to get healthcare insurance through the exchange, leaders from COPS/Metro Alliance and University Health System brought together close to 100 community stakeholders to evaluate ACA implementation readiness and identify concerns. 


Community Organizing in Texas, ACA, Texas IAF, Jacob Cortes, Insurance Enrollment, Social Justice

Austin Interfaith Weighs in on Enrollment Challenge in Texas

Friday, July 19, 2013
New York Times

Texas officials have declined to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace, a major provision of the federal Affordable Care Act.  So private organizations are wokring to education Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, which opens on Oct. 1....


Health Care

Could Medicaid expansion decrease drug court costs, save local taxpayer dollars? Cleveland judge says yes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia estimates that area residents could save millions in local taxes if the offenders he sees in drug court had health insurance.
And if Ohio were to expand Medicaid, as being debated by state legislators, many of the defendants in his court would qualify for the state and federal health insurance program for the poor.... As the clock ticks on a decision, local lobbying for expansion has stepped up: On Monday, community activists held a rally at the Neighborhood Family Practice Center, a federally qualified community health center on Cleveland's West Side. In addition, Greater Cleveland Congregations announced that dozens of volunteers from area religious organizations and neighborhood groups will go door to door in the legislative swing districts of Rocky River, Berea and Solon this week to urge people to contact their legislators. 


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