Subscribe to RSS - health care

New Trump Administration Rule Threatens Americans’ Health Care, Says Americans United

The Trump administration today issued a rule aimed at allowing health care workers to use religion as a reason to deny patients medical care. The move comes in the wake of the administration’s Jan. 18 decision to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new office will be tasked with enforcing today’s rule.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

New HHS Office On ‘Religious Freedom’ Endangers Americans’ Health, Says Americans United

Today, the Trump administration created a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This new division will enforce the administration’s extreme and harmful interpretations of federal religious freedom laws. In addition, it will enforce a still unreleased rule that will allow health care workers to use religion as a reason to deny services to patients.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

We’re Watching To Make Sure State Legislatures Don’t Permit Religion To Be Used To Discriminate

Religious freedom laws should be a shield to protect religious freedom, not a sword used to harm others. But this year, as in past sessions, legislators continue to introduce so-called religious freedom bills that would allow taxpayer-funded social service providers, individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate and deny people their rights.

Supreme Court’s Decision In Religiously Affiliated Hospital Pension Cases Endangers Hundreds Of Thousands Of Workers, Says Americans United

All Employees Deserve The Right To Have Their Retirement Plans And Pensions Protected Equally – Regardless Of Employer Religious Affiliation

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in a trio of cases concerning pensions at religiously affiliated hospitals could jeopardize the financial security of hundreds of thousands of workers, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The high court ruled 8-0 that religiously affiliated hospitals don’t have to comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal law designed to protect employee pensions. Houses of worship are exempt from ERISA, and a number of religiously affiliated hospitals claimed they should be as well.

Trump Administration’s Attack On Women’s Health And Equality Escalates

In early May, President Donald J. Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing an executive order that was aimed at allowing bosses and universities to use religion as an excuse to deny their employees and students insurance coverage for contraception.

Unhealthy Trend: House Action On Abortion Showcases Power Of Bishops' Lobby

When political pundits talk about the power of religious groups to affect public policy in Washington, most tend to focus on the Religious Right.

Indeed, during the presidency of George W. Bush, Religious Right groups flexed a lot of political muscle and won numerous victories on Capitol Hill.

But the Religious Right has an Achilles' heel: Its leaders and activists are so closely identified with the Republican Party that when Democrats are in charge, these groups have a much more difficult time advancing their agenda.

Pages