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Reform Jewish Guide for Congregations on the Impact of Health Reform Launches


Yoffie: "Guided by the teachings in our sacred texts, we are committed to the implementation of health insurance reform that provides the highest quality of care for the greatest number of Americans."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Rebecca Katz
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2010 -- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism today distributed a guide entitled "The Impact of Health Insurance Reform on Congregations and Rabbis." The material is designed to help Union for Reform Judaism congregations understand and fulfill the requirements of the new health insurance reform legislation enacted in March. Upon release of the resource, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The enactment of health insurance reform legislation just months ago was an historic milestone in the United States' evolution toward a more just society. While understanding that few pieces of legislation of the size and scope of this law are perfect, the reform enacted by the bill will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

As a Union, the new law is significant not only to our congregants but our congregations as well. The RAC's new resource "The Impact of Health Insurance Reform on Congregations and Rabbis" will assist our synagogues as they navigate the implementation of the new law's provisions. Available at rac.org/impactofreform It outlines the direct impact that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have on our congregations and leaders, guides congregants to additional information, and encourages leaders to closely examine their individual synagogues' situations in order to evaluate the law's direct effect on their specific communities.

Guided by the teachings in our sacred texts, we are committed to the implementation of health insurance reform that provides the highest quality of care for the greatest number of Americans. The RAC's guide provides a firm basis for this implementation in our Union's synagogues, and we will continue to work with other faith and non-faith organizations to provide our congregations with information and additional resources about the law in the months ahead.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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