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The Voice of Illinois Consumers
Health Care Justice Faith Initiative
As leaders from diverse faith traditions, we recognize that to approach a responsible
society that truly values human life, quality health care must be both affordable and
accessible to every person in the State of Illinois, and the United States. We believe
accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people, deeply
rooted in our religious values.
Together, we call upon our elected officials of Illinois to accept the moral imperative of
providing health care security for all. Our faith traditions command us to act with mercy,
compassion, and justice toward those who are in need. Our pursuit of healing and
wholeness for the disenfranchised takes many forms, not solely for spiritual health but
also physical, mental and emotional health. When thousands die prematurely because
they lack access to needed health care, older adults are forced to choose between
prescription drugs and food, and every family is one catastrophic illness away from
financial disaster, it is evident that morality is absent from our health care system. As our
society looks increasingly to faith institutions for relief, we humbly remind policy makers
that charity is not a substitute for justice. Health care security is a righteous and
necessary component that deserves constant attention from the Illinois General
We commit to creating an environment in which morality, justice and compassion are at
the heart of all dialogue focusing on the transformation of our health care system.
Through grassroots effort, we pledge to educate and involve congregations, build bridges
across faith and societal divides, and share our commitment to social justice, in our
endeavor to bring about legislative change in the current health care system at the local,
state and national levels.
The Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest grassroots coalition of
health care consumers, including over 300 organizations representing health care
providers, community organizations, seniors, faith communities, labor and disability
rights organizations. In 2002, CBHC launched the Health Care Justice Campaign
(HCJC) to win accessible, affordable, quality health care for all people in Illinois.
HCJC won the passage of the Health Care Justice Act of 2004 (HB 2268). It instructs the
General Assembly to enact a health care access plan, determined by a bi-partisan state-
appointed Task Force, by December 31, 2006 and to implement it by July 1, 2007.
The Voice of Illinois
Consumers PRINCIPLES - Health Care Justice Campaign
Is accessible for all Illinois residents
Provides comprehensive benefits including mental health, in-home care,
long term care, dentistry, and vision
Fosters a network of health care facilities, including public health,
community providers and other safety net providers
Ensures continuity of coverage and care
Maximizes consumer choice of health care providers and practitioners
Addresses the needs of people with special health care needs and
underserved populations in rural and urban areas
Is affordable (fairness) to individuals, families, businesses and taxpayers
and that removes financial barriers to needed care
Provides adequate and timely payments by all payers in order to guarantee
access to providers
Promotes fairness, quality and evidence based health outcomes
Promotes prevention and early intervention
Eliminates disparities in access to quality health care
Addresses the need to have adequate numbers of health care caregivers,
practitioners, and providers to guarantee timely access to quality care
Provides opportunities to involve consumers, businesses, providers, and
others in oversight
Is as cost efficient as possible, spending the maximum amount of dollars
on direct patient care
Is easy for patients, providers and practitioners to use and reduces
The Voice of Illinois Consumers
We are committed to doing our best to fulfill
Help faith leaders and laypeople awaken their congregations and
communities to embrace a just health care system that meets the health
care needs of all people.
Meeting three times a year to determine direction and priorities of the
Health Care Justice Faith Initiative.
Promoting health care justice through a yearly faith-based awareness
Being stewards of health care justice engaged in Social Justice Missions
with the support of volunteers and financial resources.
Crossing bridges by reaching out to neighboring faith communities with
our moral message of guaranteed health care for all people.
Strengthening a moral dialogue with elected leaders in the State of Illinois
on what is required to be a just health care system.
Voicing our concerns with both elected leaders and the Adequate Health
Care Task Force.