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Catholic Health Association Reaffirms Long-Standing Commitment to Reform Health Care But Waits to Endorse Any Specific Bill
Date:8/28/2009

eement with the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus, and the White House on contributions to finance health care reform. The agreement, which holds hospitals to Medicare payment reductions and delivery system reforms that amount to approximately $155 billion over 10 years, protects hospital payments until there is significant new coverage of the uninsured. The agreement is also consistent with the principle in CHA's Vision document calling for shared responsibility for financing.

"The agreement did not include any commitments to endorse specific legislation but marked major progress in advancing reform and working together to finance health care in this country," Sr. Carol added.

"Catholic health care is privileged and proud to serve our patients, our communities and our country -- and to be sure the most vulnerable are always represented and cared for," Sr. Carol said. "Now, as the reform conversation reaches a pivotal point, our message stays the same: it's time to create the health care system the American people deserve and can be proud of."

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more information, visit the CHA website at www.chausa.org.


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