Health Care Justice
The Church has always understood itself to be an extension of Jesus Christ's ministry in the world. The diakonia of the early church — the ministry of healing, service, care, compassion and hospitality— served the needy neighbor in Christ. For more than thirty-five years the General Synod of the United Church of Christ has advocated for health care as a right and a priority for all people.
Health Care Reform
Get covered by March 31st!
As we approach the 4th Anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act let us help make sure that everyone has access to affordable high-quality health care. Open enrollment closes on March 31 for insurance under the ACA. Over 3 million Americans have already enrolled. Let’s keep the momentum going!
Here are three ways to get enrolled:
- Online: Visit Healthcare.gov to apply and onroll via the web.
- Over the phone: Call the Marketplace Center at 1-800-318-2596.
- In-person: Connect with people in your community who are trained and certified to help you apply and enroll in the marketplace via localhelp.healthcare.gov/.
Not convinced you need health care? Read You're not invincible: 6 reasons you should #GetCovered.
Heath insurance exchanges are opening – How can you help your neighbor?
We have 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
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-out or choose not to expand the Medicaid provisions in their states. Only 28 states have expanded their states Medicaid programs. Learn more.
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.
Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many Americans now have health care insurance that will assist them in gaining access to health services - a great first step. Unfortunately, many of those who have insurance face access challenges in finding, locating, and getting to a health provider to acquire appropriate care from the health care system in a timely manner.
Why are people struggling to attain quality care? Learn more about health Equity.