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Senate Committee Addresses Some Issues On Affordability, Fails To Correct Abortion Problems And Immigration Concerns, Say USCCB Officials
Date:10/2/2009

of barring use of federal dollars for abortion and maintaining current conscience laws." Doerflinger said this remains true, so "these problems must be corrected on the House and Senate floor."

On affordability, Kathy Saile, Director of Domestic Social Development for the USCCB, said the bill took some steps toward making health care more affordable, but that "many families are still vulnerable to high health care costs. As Congress continues to debate health care reform, it should take further steps to help at-risk poor and low-income families and implement access as soon as possible." As an example, Saile said, "Expansion of access to programs such as Medicaid should be implemented as soon as possible."

On inclusion of immigrants, the Committee defeated amendments opposed by the USCCB, which would have placed additional restrictions on legal immigrants and their families from accessing health-care, but failed to improve the access immigrants currently have.

"Legal immigrants, who work hard and pay taxes, should be treated equally with U.S. citizens," said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs for the USCCB. "It is counterproductive to the general public health to leave them outside of the system, unable to access preventive treatment and dependent on emergency care. The U.S. bishops will continue to push for affordability grants to legal immigrants and their families and a removal of the five-year waiting period for legal immigrants to access Medicaid."

For more information on the U.S. bishops' position on health care reform, visit www.usccb.org/healthcare.

SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities


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