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Mary Immaculate, Santa Rosa, St Elisabeth & OneLA Make Waves with LA County Supervisors May 23rd, 2014

Thanks to Edward Chavez, OneLA organizer in Mary Immaculate and Santa Rosa parishes for sending this statement on the group’s latest success in LA!

2104Over eight hundred people from churches, schools, synagogues, and civic organizations throughout Los Angeles packed the Los Angeles Supervisor’s boardroom on May 20, 2014. The message was clear: We are united in our call for increased funding for Healthy Way LA, the county’s health coverage program for the undocumented and remaining uninsured.

IMG_2610Reactions from the Supervisors were mixed. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas showed signs of support and was pleased with the large turnout from schools, clinics, synagogues and churches in his district. However, it was obvious that much work needs to be done to ensure a second and third vote to increase funding.


During the board meeting, OneLA leaders were successful in securing a follow up meeting with Supervisor Gloria Molina and her staff. Supervisor Yaroslavsky has also agreed to continue the conversation.

As a result of OneLA’s packing the Board meeting, the Supervisors called the Director of the County’s Health Services Department to drop what he was doing and come to the Board meeting. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asked Director Mitch Katz to offer an explanation for why nearly one thousand County residents are calling for more funding. Dr. Katz offered a weak response, reasserting that he does not see a need for additional funding. Our big turnout was instrumental in demonstrating to the Board that Dr. Katz’ assessment of the County’s need does not accurately reflect the real need in our communities. We must continue to make sure that the community’s voice is heard loud and clear- more funding is essential!photo 1-1

We thank Supervisor Antonovich and his staff for ensuring that our leaders were recognized and given time to address the board. Speakers included: Jim Mangia, Director of St John’s Well Child and Family Center, Fabiola Sandoval of the Boyle Height’s Building Healthy Communities Collaborative, Mary Jackson from St Brigid Church and Fr. Bruce Wellems, pastor of San Gabriel Mission Catholic Church. As our speakers closed, hundreds One LA and other organizations rose to their feet and applauded the Supervisors for their leadership thus far. We then left the boardroom together, determined to continue the fight- together as One LA.

A follow up meeting will be held on Thursday May 29th 7:00pm, place to be announced.




New Health Care Law Explained February 4th, 2013

The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships of the US government agency Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering a series of informational webinars on the new health care reform law for faith and community leaders in February and March 2013.

The Health Care Law 101

February 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET

A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community.

Tour of

February 21 at 12:30 pm ET

An online tour of that will help you and those in your congregation and community access health care, provide information on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion) and understand the main provisions of the health care law.

The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish)

February 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET

A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish.

The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Outreach and Enrollment Campaign

February 27 at 2:00 pm ET

Learn about the nationwide effort to identify children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and get them enrolled.

The Health Care Law 101

March 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET

A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community.

The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish)

March 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET

A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish.

All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session where you can ask HHS staff any questions you may have. They encourage you to submit questions you would like to have answered on the webinars to

To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at  if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law.

Reminder: Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid Outreach Grant Opportunity

If your organization or agency is interested in enrolling eligible children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid, CMS is currently soliciting proposals until February 21, 2013 for Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants.  States, local governments, community-based and non-profit organizations, Indian health care providers, and tribal entities are all eligible to apply.  For more information, please follow this link:

Faith-Based Investors Applaud U.S. Supreme Court’s Reaffirmation of the Affordable Care Act June 28th, 2012

Citing Access and Affordability as an Immutable Human Right, Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Welcome Resolution of the Legislation’s Standing

New York – Today members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a faith-based shareholder coalition that has long advocated for health care reform, celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) first enacted in March of 2010.

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September JPIC Action Alert! September 21st, 2009

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Faith-Based Day of Action for Health Reform on Tuesday, August 11 August 7th, 2009

Say Yes to Children's Health

As our Members of Congress return home this week for August recess, they are being met by the voices of many interest groups trying to influence the course of health reform legislation.

Some of these voices are industry lobbyists who want to protect their own particular piece of the health care pie. Others are activists looking out for their particular cause or issue.

Amidst this noise, it can be difficult to remember that this debate is about our health, and that our elected officials are charged with listening to, and looking out for, the millions of everyday Americans who need the security of knowing that they and their families can afford to get the quality health care they need when they need it.

Our children and our families are not special interests.

This is why thousands of PICO grassroots clergy and faith leaders across the country are organizing a nationwide Faith-Based Day of Action for Health Reform on Tuesday, August 11. We want to make sure that our voices – the voices of everyday Americans, are not drowned out in the debate.

The campaign will include coordinated same-day Prayer Vigils and Press Conferences in cities and towns across the country that will reach 100+ Members of Congress with a strong pro-health care reform message. Together with faith allies, we will also launch a new TV Ad featuring PICO pastors and people of faith that will be aired on national cable television.

Attend a Prayer Vigil in Your Community!

Click here to see the most up-to-date listing of the August 11th Actions

With the future of health care reform legislation on the line during the August Congressional recess, we need your voices – those of everyday Americans – to break through the noise, and send a clear message to our Members of Congress that the majority want to see Congress pass legislation this fall that makes quality health care affordable for all.

If you are interested in participating in the Los Angeles Prayer Vigil, please contact

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