The Catholic Health Association is beginning a campaign for national legislation that would provide coverage for the uninsured by 2008. At the 88th Catholic Health Assembly this week in Orlando, Fla., the CHA board approved a measure outlining legislative strategies and an "infrastructure for this venture," said CHA President and CEO Rev. Michael Place. "With the environment of coming out of war and the economic downturn, this might be the time the stars are aligning for a national dialogue," Place said. "This is a big dream. The impossible can be done." The CHA, which represents more than 2,000 hospitals and healthcare systems, will spend up to $200,000 on the campaign, including an effort to shape public opinion, he said. "The board is saying it is unacceptable not to try," Place said. -- by Patrick Reilly
CHA plans push for legislation to help uninsured
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