Affordable medicine that respects Catholic values

New ways to deliver Christ-centered health care discussed at Respect Life Conference on “Restoring Affordable Catholic Healthcare” in San Francisco

The state of health care in the U.S. is in flux, but no matter where the nation’s laws and regulations end up, a small group of Catholic health care innovators are plunging ahead with solutions aimed at offering individualized, affordable medicine that respects Catholic values. That’s a tall order, as speakers at the archdiocesan Respect Life Conference on “Restoring … [Read more...]

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San Francisco archdiocese ordered to pay $3 million in health care costs

Archdiocesan spokesman: “We don’t concede we are in violation"

City officials have ordered the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese to pay nearly $3 million in health care costs for more than 1,000 employees after finding that it failed to make years of payments required by a pioneering local health care law. San Francisco has also assessed the archdiocese $113,000 in penalties. “It’s important for us to ensure that workers are … [Read more...]

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Insurers must cover all birth control

"Preventive services for transgender people cannot be limited"

The following comes from a May 11 The Hill article by Peter Sullivan: Insurers must cover a wide range of contraceptive methods at no cost to consumers, the Obama administration said Monday in new guidance to health insurance companies. The guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear that insurers are obligated under the Affordable Care Act to … [Read more...]

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Abortion isn’t basic healthcare

Assemblywoman wants to stop California from forcing churches to buy insurance coverage for abortion

The following comes from an April 7 posting on the website of Assemblywoman Shannon Grove: SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove has introduced legislation (AB 1254) to stop state health officials from forcing churches and other California employers to buy insurance coverage for elective abortion in violation of their religious beliefs and in violation of federal law. … [Read more...]

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California to eliminate co-pays for contraception

Answers Hobby Lobby decision

The following comes from a Sept. 27 story on SFGate.com. Health insurance policies in California will have to cover all federally approved contraceptives for women by 2016 without charging co-payments under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, countering trends in other states and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, SB1053 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, … [Read more...]

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Loyola caves

University confirms insurance will cover elective abortions

  The following comes from a Sept. 27 story in the Loyolan. LMU's insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period, the University announced. The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday, vice president for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU's insurance … [Read more...]

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Notre Dame caves

Unlike Ave Maria and Franciscan, they will provide abortifacients

  The following comes from an Aug. 30 email from the Sycamore Trust, “alumni protecting Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.” Notre Dame is complying with the abortifacient/contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with free abortifacients and contraceptives.  Moreover, the university … [Read more...]

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Father Engh unbullied

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story on LifeSiteNews.com. Santa Clara University, a Catholic university, has announced its insurance plan will stop paying for its employees' elective abortions in January 2015. Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Finocchio Jr. said the decision “flows from the university's identity and mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university.” The … [Read more...]

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Loyola was always concerned about abortion coverage

Cal Catholic received a copy of the following letter from one of our readers. From: The Office of the President Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:19 PM To: University Communications Subject: Health Benefits Coverage Update Message from the President August 15, 2013 Dear Faculty and Staff: We are writing to inform you of a change in LMU’s health benefits … [Read more...]

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No, you can’t keep it

Franciscan University in Steubenville drops student coverage. The following comes from a May 14 blog posting by Tom Crowe on CatholicVote.org. ….Part of reason I like my current health insurance plan offered by my employer, Franciscan University of Steubenville, is that it does not waste money on things I will never use because they are morally repugnant to me, like … [Read more...]

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