- Feb 25, 2020
The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said.
The Trump administration and the Republican-led congress are determined to add more work requirements to government benefit programs, even those not designed for it like Medicaid.
A vow of poverty by more than 20 elderly nuns isn’t enough to qualify for Medicaid in Nebraska.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said the bishops remain hopeful that the U.S. congress can come together and reform healthcare in a way that ensures it remains accessible and affordable as well as protect all human life.
Catholic health care leaders expressed relief after the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed to garner support in the U.S. Senate. Opponents of the bill criticized the fact that the new health care program would leave many uninsured, did not consider immigrants and lacked sufficient conscience protections.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane said of the Senate’s latest version of a healthcare bill, “At a time when tax cuts that would seem to benefit the wealthy and increases in other areas of federal spending, such as defense, are being contemplated, placing a ‘per capita cap’ on medical coverage for the poor is unconscionable.”