Little Sisters of the Poor can intervene in California challenge to contraception mandate exceptions

Federal judge says religious order can join opposition to state's lawsuit against exemptions to Obamacare birth control requirements authorized by Trump administration

On December 29, 2017, Judge Haywood Gilliam granted the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence’s petition to intervene in California v. Trump. California and four other states have obtained a preliminary injunction in this case; the injunction blocks the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s interim final rules providing broad exemptions to contraceptive coverage … [Read more...]

Some bishops don’t like proposed federal budget, Obamacare repeal

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy says Republican proposals are "assault on the core principle of Catholic social teaching”

A handful of bishops offered impassioned pleas for Catholics to take a stand against both a proposed federal budget that critics say guts the social safety net and efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act with a law that could strip health care from millions of poor Americans. “Within two weeks we may see a federal budgetary action with potentially catastrophic effects on … [Read more...]

US bishops: Replace before repeal

Once foes of Obamacare, USCCB now urging Congress to ensure Americans who need healthcare are covered before law is revoked

Any changes to health care law under the new administration should not abandon the principal of genuinely affordable health care for everyone, said the U.S. bishops in a letter to Congress. In American policy, they said, “we must not see health care as a luxury, but as a necessary building block to help individuals and families thrive and contribute to the good of the … [Read more...]

Could it soon be illegal for doctors to believe in male and female?

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says proposed rule is aimed at banning discrimination against transgendered people

The following comes from a February 3 Catholic News Agency article by Loredana Vuoto: A current proposal by a federal agency has raised concerns that doctors may be punished for believing that there are only two genders, rooted in biological sex. The proposed rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that it is aimed at banning discrimination … [Read more...]

The big deal in signing a little form

What some see as "hair-splitting," the Little Sisters of the Poor view as a violation of their faith

The following comes from a July 27 Aletaia article by John Burger:   The Little Sisters of the Poor claim that the federal government has given them the “impossible choice of either violating the law or violating the faith.”   The federal government is saying, in response, “Don’t worry. All you have to do is sign a form or write a letter stating your … [Read more...]

Obama to deliver address at Catholic Health Assembly

Chief Executive officer Sister Carol Keehan: "we are delighted"

The following comes from a May 26 Catholic Heath Association of the United States news release: President Barack Obama will address the Catholic Health Association’s 2015 annual membership Assembly on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where he will focus on the future of health care and the Affordable Care Act. “We are delighted and honored that President Obama will speak to … [Read more...]

Health insurance premiums in Calif. up 22-88 percent

Ranks of uninsured to swell

The following comes from an Aug. 19 story on California Watchdog. For some time, Obamacare critics have warned that health insurance premiums would skyrocket once the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Now they say the leap in premiums, as calculated by state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, is just the beginning of hefty annual hikes in the years ahead. Jones … [Read more...]