Sr. Kathleen Ryan from the Commission on Catholic Community Action spoke at our Central West District meeting yesterday (Monday). She asked us to respond to the Commission’s and Catholic Charities effort to oppose the proposed waver being submitted to the Federal Government for the Healthy Ohio health care program in the state of Ohio for medicaid and medicare coverage. My understanding is that the waiver request seeks approval for Ohio to start charging a monthly fee (premium) for Medicaid/Medicare enrollees; if a person fails to pay (after two or three months, I think), they will be dropped from coverage. Obviously, this will most problematic for the poor.
Because this waiver needs federal approval, there is a requirement of 30-days for public comment; Sr. Kathleen has told us yesterday that there were only 5 days left (now 4 days), i.e. the end of this week, Friday. She is requesting people to join in opposition to the waiver.
To participate, a person only needs to click on the “take action” button, which will go automatically to what Catholic Charities has prepared on this. The person will need to complete the contact information (name, address, email, etc.) and hit “submit.” This brings up the text of the letter Catholic Charities has prepared. Note: a person can change the text (add, delete, rewrite) and then click submit, which will automatically send it out to the 7 people identified to receive the feedback. If a person is willing to accept the text “as is” the whole process will take less than 5 minutes.
Click here to respond.
You may also review the Diocese of Cleveland Social Action website.
I believe this is an urgent matter and a matter of justice. I encourage everyone to consider the issue, learn about it, decide and act. I remind everyone that the time is limited!
Fr. Tony Schuerger