Health Care Justice
Heath insurance exchanges are opening – How can you help your neighbor?
Yvonne Oliver, our Associate for Health Care Justice, has compiled an update on the status of the Affordable Care Act and tips for how people of faith can act as resources for those in need of insurance through the new health care exchanges. Read more.
Resources from recent Webinar on ACA
On October 13, 2013 we offered a free webinar entitled Helping Those You Serve Connect to Health Care Coverage. You can download the slides to better understand:
- The benefits of the ACA
- How to sign up for health insurance coverage
- The Market Place/Exchange
- Financial Support to help you pay for insurance
- What is an Insurance Navigator and how to find one
- What are the essential benefits all health policies must include
- Consumer Assistance Counselors – and other resources to help to connect people
We also reccomend watching this video from Kaiser Health Foundation to get a basic overview of the impacts and benefits of the ACA.
Expanding Medicaid – A Safety Net or a Hammock
The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders. An estimated 50 million low income adults who are currently uninsured between the ages of 19-65 will be left without healthcare coverage when states opt not to expand the Medicaid provisions in their states. Only 28 states have expanded their states Medicaid programs. Learn more.
If One Is Ill, Then All Are Not Well: Preserving the Dignity of Health Care for All
Response to questions about UCC support for the Affordable Care Act following the Supreme Court Decision upholding the legislation by Barbara Baylor, Minister for Health Care Justice. Download.
Supreme Court Arguments Relative to the Legal Merits of the Affordable Care Act
On Monday, March 26, 2012, the United Church of Christ joined other ecumenical and interfaith organizations in solidarity at the steps of the United States Supreme Court to pray and call on the Supreme Court to act with moral conviction on behalf of the common good as they hear arguments relative to health care for all.
The United Church of Christ believes that the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in the right direction to providing much needed health care for millions who continue to live their lives without it and in fear that one catastrophic illness would plunge them into deep financial ruin. We participated in the prayerful witness because we believe that the law itself and the expansion of Medicaid included in the Affordable Care Act both speak to the moral and justice imperatives of equal access for all.
Learn much more about this important issue and our faithful witness at the Supreme Court.
Let's Move UCC
- Healthy Eating Cookbook Project
The UCC Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM) Health Table is sponsoring a cookbook project featuring healthy recipes for families in the United Church of Christ. It will feature your favorite recipes in their traditional form and offer a modified healthy version. Submit your recipes!
- Let's Move Faithfully Walking Challenge
As a part of her initiative to reduce obesity in children, First Lady Michelle Obama has issued a challenge to faith and community organizations to get members walking a collective three million miles across the nation. UCC participants took up the call and walked 258,596.36 miles! Thank you for your work!
- Plan an Instant Recess in you congregation!
“Instant Recess” is a 10-minute break, like a coffee break but healthier. The session can be instituted wherever people gather: day care centers, schools, workplaces, conferences, places of worship, senior centers, etc. Plan one for your congregation on Let's Move Sunday!
Just Eating? Lenten Curriculum
After the overwhelming, positive response to Mission 1, the Collegium invites and encourages all conferences, associations and congregations to participate and engage in dialogue and discussion during the Lenten Season using the Just Eating Curriculum. This wonderful curriculum calls us to integrate the commitments and practices of our faith into the way we eat. We think it will be a great enhancement to your work around food justice and sustainability issues. We look forward to hearing about your Lenten experiences using this curriculum