During the second quarter of 2019, ICHA’s Executive Director continued his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs.
On April 3rd, ICHA held its second Board meeting of the year. The Board discussed the Reproductive Health Act (HB 2495/SB1942) and agreed to appoint a subcommittee to look at revising ICHA’s By-laws.
On May 14th, ICHA’s Executive Director attended a meeting with Bishop Paprocki and the Catholic health care leadership of the Springfield diocese. The following day, on May 15th, ICHA hosted a meeting of the Mission Leaders at the Ascension Living offices in Mokena, IL. The purpose of the meeting was share and discuss various Formation programs. Presentations were made by Sr. Monica Laws (HSHS), Todd VanNest (OSF), Stan Kedzior (AMITA Health) and John Hardt and Sr. Rayleen Giannotti (Trinity Health). Following the presentations, Steve Mattern moderated the afternoon round table discussion. Finally, at the end of May, ICHA assisted the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) in lobbying to defeat the Reproductive Health Act (SB 25, formerly HB 2495/SB 1945). ICHA’s efforts were greatly assisted by Catie Sheehan (HSHS) and Chris Manson (OSF). Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the efforts of everyone were not enough to defeat the Reproductive Health Act.
In June, following the passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), ICHA has been meeting with legal counsel to determine the ramification of the RHA, especially the provision requiring health insurance plans to provide for abortion coverage. We are currently reviewing our options and deciding next steps.
2019 UPCOMING MEETINGS
ICHA’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Union League Club in Chicago on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The Keynote Speaker will be Fr. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocese of Boston, on Being Catholic in a Secular Society.
At the Federal level, legislative activity concerning health care issues has been minimal due to gridlock in Congress. The Trump Administration did issue the regulation on Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care through the HHS Office of Civil Right on May 2nd. The regulation is modeled on 25 existing statues and give the Office of Civil Rights the authority to certify and enforce its compliance.
The State level activity was discussed above concerning the Reproductive health Act.
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 221 persons registered for the course; 115 have completed it.
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 19-20 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board. Invoices for the FY 19-20 dues will go out on July 1st.
Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas. If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org