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CC ISSUE: APR 2012 Last updated: Apr 5, 2012

Sound the alarm for healthcare justice

“Sound the Alarm for Health Care Justice” is an interfaith effort, coordinated by the Faith Caucus of Campaign for Better Health Care, to stimulate informed discussion and raise awareness of the issues facing the health care system in Illinois. We recognize a need for a just health care system that does not exclude and discriminate against the poorest members of society.

What is “Sound the Alarm?” Congregations of all faiths join together in prayer or meditation and call for the creation of an affordable and quality healthcare system for all. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge step forward to add coverage to over 30 million people across the country and we need to sound the call for full implementation.

Why should we “Sound the Alarm?” Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), about 753,000 children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies. For young adults, uninsured rates have already dropped by over 25 percent as a result of the provision to keep kids on their parents’ plan until age 26.

Yet in Illinois, we do not have a rate review system with authority to prevent insurance companies from making dramatic increases to premiums, or an insurance marketplace where Illinoisans can make an informed and fair choice among insurance plans. Our governor and legislators need to act now to ensure that our state receives full funding to implement a pro-consumer insurance marketplace.

How can we “Sound the Alarm?” Congregations can get involved in several ways. They can become an ally by ringing a bell to symbolically “sound the alarm.” They can become an associate by holding a prayer service or hosting an event to encourage the implementation of healthcare reform. They can become an advocate by sending letters to General Assembly members, the governor, or media sources urging them to create a health care system that is affordable, quality, and accessible.

Please visit for more information about participating in “Sound the Alarm!”


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