News Release: Senate Medicaid Vote Follows a Moral Path by Providing Greater Access to Health Care

August 28, 2013

(Lansing)—Michigan Catholic Conference is expressing its gratitude to the State Senate today for approving legislation that will reform the state’s Medicaid program by providing access to health care for low-income persons. Having testified in support of the legislation and urging its grassroots members to contact their State Senator in support of House Bill 4714, Michigan Catholic Conference has argued that health care is a basic human right that must be available to all.

“Today the State Senate recognized the moral necessity of providing health care access to a greater number of uninsured residents,” said Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. “Reforming the state’s Medicaid program will benefit future generations of Michigan workers, families and children. Michigan Catholic Conference praises those who worked toward the passage of this policy and further extends its appreciation to Governor Snyder for his leadership and dedication to ensure this significant measure becomes law.”

In collaboration with the Catholic health systems in the state—OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medicaid Group, Trinity Health and Ascension Health—Michigan Catholic Conference released a statement earlier this year calling on the Michigan Legislature to pass genuine Medicaid reform.

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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