For the first quarter of 2018, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and is responding to various challenges facing Catholic healthcare in Illinois and at the federal level. These challenges include advocating for passage and funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Plans (SCHIP) and passage of the Conscience Protection Act.
ICHA’s Executive Director continues his travels throughout the state, meeting personally with Sponsors, Bishops, Board members and CEOs. He met with the Board of Directors on January 24th and the Finance Committee on January 11th. ICHA’s Executive Director also met with Bishop Paprocki and the executive leadership of both HSHS and OSF in Springfield on February 27th.
2018 UPCOMING MEETINGS
ICHA’s Board of Directors and Illinois Bishops are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 4th. This will be ICHA’s first video conference since instituting Skype for Business.
ICHA’s Executive Director will meet with the ICHA Mission Leaders on May 16th, and with the ICHA Ethicists/Healthcare Vicars on June 21st. Both meetings will be held at Presence Health Offices in Mokena.
ICHA’s Annual Meeting will be Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Union League Club of Chicago. “Save the Date” email was sent to everyone in early February.
ICHA continues to participate in advocacy calls by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and working at the state level with the Illinois Catholic Conference (CCI).
As mentioned above, at the federal level, ICHA is coordinating activities with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in an effort to encourage Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act. Although the Trump Administration created a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, the USCCB and ICHA believe that these rights need to be protect through legislation as well as regulation.
ICHA was pleased that Congress passed a 10 year extension to the SCHIP program and a 3 year delay in reimbursement reductions to Medicaid Disproportionate Care (DHS) Hospitals.
Finally, ICHA and CCI worked in coordination with Presence Health to lobby the Chicago Board of Aldermen. Presence Health System was promised tax incentive financing (TIF), when they moved their offices to downtown Chicago, but the ACLU protested because Presence does not do abortions to protect women’s health. Presence had agreed to open four clinics in poorer areas of the city in exchange for the TIF funds. The funds were eventually approved by the Board of Aldermen.
As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 199 persons registered for the course; 108 have completed it.
ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY ‘18-‘19 budget which was recommend unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on January 11th. There will be no increase in ICHA dues for the coming fiscal year.
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.
ICHA WISHES ALL OF YOU A HAPPY EASTER