Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Improving Access to Healthcare

For I was…ill and you cared for me

Access to affordable and adequate healthcare is a basic human necessity required for upholding the dignity of human life.

Whether provided by the state, employers, or by faith-based institutions, healthcare must be extended to the poor, uninsured, unemployed, and other vulnerable populations.

To improve access to affordable and adequate health care for all, MCC supports:

  • Protection of health coverage, including preventative care, for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Appropriate Medicaid funding to ensure adequate coverage for recipients and payments to providers.
  • Upholding the mission of faith-based institutions and the conscience of individual faith-based providers.
  • Ensuring access and adequate resources for physical and behavioral health care, including telemedicine and treatment for addictions and substance abuse.
  • Ensuring patients are treated with dignity and respect.

“Health care is more than a commodity; it is a basic human right, an essential safeguard of human life and dignity.” — USCCB 1993

News Releases

  1. Governor Whitmer’s 2020–2021 State Budget Includes Highs and Lows, Says Catholic Conference (02/06/20)
  2. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  3. Michigan Catholic Conference Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Question to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (10/02/18)
  4. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  5. Senate Medicaid Vote Follows a Moral Path by Providing Greater Access to Health Care (08/28/13)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Our Plan to Advance the Common Good This Legislative Session (02/03/23)
    2. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
    3. COVID-19 Vaccines and Moral Considerations (01/15/21)
    4. Water Shutoffs Are a Health Concern in COVID-19 Pandemic (12/18/20)
    5. Patience and Persistence: Advocacy Successes in 2019 (01/17/20)
  2. Clean and Affordable Water for All (Focus Essay, 5/2019)
  3. Proposal 1—Say No to Recreational Marijuana (Focus Essay, 10/2018)
  4. Vaccinations and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 3/2018)
  5. Confronting Michigan’s Opioid Crisis (Focus Essay, 6/2017)
  6. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
  7. Healthy Michigan Plan Info
  8. Department of Community Health: MiChild Health Insurance for uninsured children of Michigan’s working families
  9. Health Care as a Basic Human Right (Focus Essay, 3/2010)
  10. A Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform (U.S. Bishops, 1993)

MCC in the News

  1. Johnson & Johnson vaccine research method creates conflict for Catholics (, 03/05/21)
  2. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  3. Opinion: How to Sustain Life During a Pandemic (Detroit News, 04/23/20)
  4. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  5. Advocates for Existing Mental Health System Lobby to Prevent Pilot Programs (Crains Detroit Business, 04/18/17)
  6. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)
  7. Preserve Flexibility in Health Plans (Detroit News, 12/01/13)
  8. Time Limits Remain Key Hurdle in Proposed Medicaid Expansion Plan from Michigan’s House Republicans (MLive, 05/14/13)
  9. $940 Billion Health Care Reform Nears Vote (Detroit News, 03/19/10)
  10. Michigan U.S. Senators See Pressure Mount on Health Care Legislation (Detroit News, 11/21/09)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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