The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will extend health coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and strengthen existing coverage. Find out how health care reform will impact your congregation and its members, and learn what you can do to educate your community about the law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will extend health coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, strengthen existing coverage and make it more affordable for everyone. Find out how health care reform will impact your congregation and its members, and learn what you can do to educate your community about the law.
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the health reform law signed into law by President Obama in 2010. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, along with Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer and Ginsburg, ruled that the minimum coverage requirement, the provision that most Americans must purchase health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, is a tax and is thus an appropriate expression of Congress’ power. In a nutshell: health reform IS constitutional.
But what does all this mean for you, and how can you educate your congregation about the law? Below is a sampling of resources to help you understand the law's benefits and create programs for your congregation:
- Hold a community educational forum
- Host a study session on exploring the connections between Jewish texts and health care
- Invite your state's insurance commissioner to speak
- Invite your U.S. Representative and Senators - or a member of their staff - to speak
- Partner with other local faith groups to organize a rally, lobby day, educational forum or other related event
- Teach your religious school, youth group and/or confirmation students about the law
- Plan a synagogue or interfaith lobby day in support of health care reform by visiting the nearest district offices of your U.S. Senators and/or Representative
- Coordinate a letter-writing campaign to your U.S. Senators and/or Representative (see the RAC's sample letter by typing in your ZIP code here)