MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, which joined other dioceses across the U.S. in opposing portions of the Obama administration’s “Affordable Care Act”, has accepted federal funding to help Americans sign up for insurance under the act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said HHS has designated 105 organizations as "navigators" to assist people in obtaining coverage through various state exchanges. One of those “navigators” in Alabama is Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Mobile. Another is Ascension Health, which provides health care at Providence Hospital in Mobile and Sacred Heart Health system in Florida and Alabama.
In a statement from the Archdiocese to FOX 10 News, the Archdiocese of Mobile acknowledges receiving a $20,000 grant for CSS’s “Affordable Health Insurance Selection Program” to provide enrollment assistance to low-income, under-insured, uninsured and vulnerable participants living in Mobile County.
In explaining the acceptance of the federal funding, the Archdiocese said, “Recent changes to the federal health care laws are complex. Many who are served at Catholic Social Services find these complicated regulations especially difficult to understand.”
The Archdiocese says the federal grant will help pay for a part time nurse to learn the options facing the uninsured when it comes to obtaining medical coverage and explaining them.
It adds, “The final decision on whether or not to obtain medical coverage and which option to select is always left to the individual”.
Catholic bishops in the U.S. have been longtime advocates for comprehensive health care reform, especially for the poor.
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the group opposed portions of the Affordable Care Act because it allows the use of federal funds to pay for abortions; it forces religious and other employers to cover sterilization and contraception which the Catholic Church opposes; and in the opinion of the Church, the Act leaves undocumented immigrants and their families worse off, by not allowing them to purchase health coverage under the exchanges created under law.
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