The Greater Cleveland Congregations health care team has decided to move forward with a plan to organize three Medicaid expansion canvasses in target neighborhoods to generate publicity and support for extending health care coverage in Ohio. We have developed an expertise in going door-to-door though the CMSD levy campaign, and it’s time to exercise that muscle for the 600,000 Ohioans who could gain access to life-saving health coverage! [Read more...]
The Greater Cleveland Congregations core team will hold its first monthly meeting on Sunday, May 5 at 12:30 p.m. Meetings will be held the first Sunday of the month following the 11:15 service. Order lunch from Cafe Ah-Roma if you like. Meetings will last no longer than one hour and will be a time to discuss several ongoing issues, including Medicaid expansion.
This weekend Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) reported that it heard from its Medicaid Expansion coalition that the House of Representatives likely WILL NOT include Medicaid Expansion in the initial budget they will propose Tuesday, April 9. Despite our efforts to date and Governor Kasich’s leadership on this issue, Medicaid Expansion in Ohio is on life support and the next 7 days will be critical. [Read more...]
The Greater Cleveland Congregations Criminal Justice team will meet Tuesday, April 9 from 7:15-9 p.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church (8712 Quincy Ave.) in Cleveland. The agenda is to prioritize the issues being considered by the criminal justice team: racial profiling, gun violence, collateral sanctions, death penalty, etc. Be present to be heard. All are welcome. Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Will Mebane.
The Greater Cleveland Congregations Strategy Team ratified the following plan of action to ensure that Medicaid Expansion is included in the budget approved by the House of Representatives on April 18. If Medicaid Expansion fails in the House, it will be an exceedingly tough battle in the Senate. [Read more...]
This afternoon Governor Kasich presented his proposed budget for the State of Ohio, which includes extending Medicaid eligibility to all Ohioans under 138% of the Federal Poverty line. Here is GCC’s official statement:
“We applaud Governor Kasich’s leadership on Medicaid Expansion. We will do our part to make sure Ohio legislators understand that expanding Medicaid will keep Ohioans’ tax dollars here in our state, working to help our economy, our health, and our state budget. [Read more...]
The Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition, the Akron Canton Medicaid Expansion Coalition, and the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition announce that Amy Rohling McGee, President of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), will be presenting at a joint meeting on the recent report addressing the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Ohio. This report was conducted by HPIO, The Ohio State University, The Urban Institute and REMI. Download a pdf of the report here.
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Ford Room, 2500 E 22nd St, Cleveland [Read more...]
The Trinity Cathedral Greater Cleveland Congregations Core Team will be canvassing neighborhoods in Bratenahl and Collinwood in support of Issue 107, the proposed operating levy for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District that will be decided by voters in November’s election. There are two volunteer opportunities: [Read more...]
On Jan. 25, 2013 the Bishops and Assisting Bishops of the Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio sent an op-ed piece to news outlets around the state in regard to the potential expansion of Medicaid in Ohio that is provided for by the federal Affordable Care Act. The text of that letter is below:
To the Editor
Every day more than 1.5 million Ohioans, nearly 14 percent of our population, wake up without health insurance coverage. As a result, many of them go without treatment until their condition becomes more severe and more costly to address. Often when they do seek treatment, it is in the most expensive way possible: through emergency rooms and hospitals. [Read more...]
More than 1,000 came together Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Greater Cleveland Congregations Medicaid Expansion Assembly to rally the Governor to expand Medicaid coverage in Ohio. Click here to read Dean Lind’s remarks on the purpose of the assembly and this nonpartisan effort. GCC is encouraging all to write letters to to their House and Senate representatives about the importance of Medicaid expansion. Trinity will hold a letter writing campaign on Sunday, Jan. 27 before and after services (services are at 8, 9 & 11:15 a.m.). Trinity has promised to deliver 200 letters. If you are unable to attend or would like to write a letter before Sunday, GCC has provided a sample letter below: [Read more...]
Remarks made by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind at the GCC Medicaid Expansion Assembly on Jan. 24, 2013
Good evening, and Welcome GCC! I am Tracey Lind, the Dean and Senior Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and I am honored to serve as one of the co-chairs of Greater Cleveland Congregations.
Tonight we are here together, over 1,000 members of our region’s faith, civic, and health care communities, to embody physically the widespread support for Medicaid Expansion in Northeast Ohio – and to move into action to make sure it becomes a reality for Ohioans.
Let me give you a quick recap of what has brought us to this moment: In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, which sought to provide access to life-saving health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans. [Read more...]
Thursday, Jan. 24 7 p.m.
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church (8712 Quincy Ave, Cleveland)
Trinity has committed to having a minimum of 100 people attend this important event. When you arrive, please register and look for the Trinity section to sit as a group. In advance of the assembly, the Very Rev. Tracey Lind is hosting a Dean’s Forum on the topic on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:10 a.m.
Greater Cleveland Congregations has helped form a state-wide coalition of organizations, businesses, health care providers, churches and other groups that support Ohio Medicaid expansion. As part of GCC’s efforts, there will be a Medicaid Expansion Action Assembly on Jan. 24 to show the area’s support for this issue. You can learn more by visiting the Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation website. GCC has also provided the following policy brief: [Read more...]
On Sunday, Dec. 2 Jim and Janet Pearce received the “golden clipboard” award for their efforts in support of Issue 107 – the operating levy for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. As part of their work with Greater Cleveland Congregations — Janet is co-chair of Trinity GCC and Jim is co-chair of the Trinity GCC education committee – both spent many hours canvassing, knocking on doors and signing up levy supporters. The award was presented by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind and the Rev. Canon Will Mebane. Also present were Lauren Dockery, GCC intern from the Trinity Cleveland Urban Service Corps and Khalilah Worley, GCC staff.