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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 1 lUSt 26, 1994 intons, Catholic health officials meet By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service (CNS) -- sident Clinton and first Hillary Rodham Clinton eight top officials of Catholic Health Associa- Aug. 15 to discuss health reform. ssues they discussed in- their shared goal of uni- health coverage and the opposition to the admin- ration goal of mandated coverage. a letter Aug. 16 to associ- members, CHA president E. Curley Jr. said the 50- private meeting at the House came at the Clin- uest. A copy of the let- was released Aug. 17. said the Clintons told officials that they using a recent CHA-spon- study and CHA charts in etings with members of to show that a pack- of partial reforms which short of universal cover- will significantly increase for already-insured mid- Americans instead of decreasing them. The study, conducted for CHA by health care pollsters Lewin- VHI Inc., was released in mid-July. It showed univer- sal coverage would lower health costs for nearly all cur- rently insured Americans, while a package with about 90 percent coverage would in- crease costs for most. "The president told us that the 'best thing that has hap- pened on health care reform in the last two months' is the CHA-Lewin-VHI study," Cur- ley wrote. He said the meeting also in- cluded "a frank discussion about CHA's strong moral ob- jection to including abortion in health care reform and our concern that including abor- tion in the benefit package of any health care reform bill would doom it to certain fail- are." "Consistent with our posi- tion throughout the reform de- bate, CHA would be forced to oppose health care reform leg- islation if this objection is not addressed satisfactorily," Cur- ley added. Apart from the abortion issue, CHA has been among the strongest backers of health care reform goals of the Clin- ton administration. Many of the CHA's own reform propos- als were mirrored in the pack- age recommended by the task force headed by Mrs. Clinton. Curley said the Clintons "are well aware of CHA's activities and were very complimentary to the association," which rep- resents some 700 Catholic health care institutions, the Vincennes Bicknell Sandbom Monroe City, Princeton o Pat0ka Member F.D.I.C. STEEL ROOFING SEMI LOADS IN STOCK" Coy. #1 std. white $42.95 sq. & Colors Slightly Higher) 26 ga. white $32.95 sq. #2 Metal $23.95 to $36.95 sq. Metal Panels $18.95 sq. 5v Galv. In Stock 1-1/2 Galv. Corr, In Stock 2-1/2 Galv. Corr. In Stock OVERHEAD DOORS HUNDREDS IN STOCK 9 x 7 INSULATED $229.81 TRUSS RAFTERS ANY SIZE UP TO 80' SPAN PACKAGES Free Quotes EXCELLENT PRICES CO. METAL ,50 E., Cannelburg 4 rot. E. Montgomery 812-295-4229 largest group of private health providers in the county. The White House meeting came as the Senate was in its first stages of floor debate on a health care reform bill spon- sored by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D- Maine. In the House of Repre- sentatives, a bill sponsored by House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., had not yet reached the floor and was not expected to do so until after Labor Day. In a CHA statement Aug. 8 Curley urged support for the Mitchell and Gephardt bills de- spite the association's "serious concerns" over their inclusion of abortion services, Medicare cuts and less- than-100-percent coverage. In addition to Curley, CHA board of trustees members at the White House meeting were: Daniel F. Russell, presi- dent and CEO of Eastern Mercy Health Systems in Pennsylvania and chairman of the CHA board; Sister of Char- ity Maryanna Coyle, president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and immediate past chairwoman of the CHA board; Judith C. Pelham, president and CEO of Mercy Health Ser- vices in Michigan and CHA secretary-treasurer; and Daniel J. Wolterman, senior vice president of operations of the Sisters of Charity of the In- carnate Word Health Care Sys- tem in Texas, a board member. Other CHA representatives at the meeting were: Sister Bernice Coreil, senior vice president of system integration of the Daughters of Charity National Health Care System in St. Louis and chairwoman of the CHA Leadership Task Force on National Health Pol- icy Reform; William J. Cox, vice president of the CHA Divi- sion of Government Services in Washington; and Jack E. Bresch, also of the Division of Government Services. Bishop Hanus named Dubuque Coadjutor WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II has named Bishop Jerome G. Hanus, 54, of St. Cloud, Minn., as coadju- tor archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa. In his new post he will assist and eventually automatically succeed Archbishop Daniel W. Kucera of Dubuque, who is 71 years old. Both prelates are Benedic- tine monks. Archbishop Agostino Cac- ciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment in Washing- ton Aug. 23. Archbishop Hanus, who has been bishop of St. Cloud since 1987, is sched- uled to be installed as coadju- tor in Dubuque on Oct. 27. Archbishop Kucera has headed the Dubuque Archdio- cese since 1983. Before that he was bishop of Salina, Kan., 1980-83; auxiliary bishop of D'O'W'N'T'O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 II I FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHER FJ, ECrRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 Joliet, Ill., 1977-80; president of Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill., 1959-65 and 1971-76; and abbot of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle 1964-71. He called Archbishop Hanus "a good friend and a bishop of exceptional ability and dedica- tion" and said he looks forward to sharing leadership responsi- bilities with him. Under church law a bishop is expected to submit his resig- nation to the pope at the age of 75. If he has a coadjutor, the coadjutor automatically suc- ceeds him. An auxiliary bishop does not have the right of suc- cession. Jerome G. Hanus was born May 28, 1940, in Brainard, Neb. He was ordained a Bene- dictine priest in 1966 following studies at Conception Semi. nary in Conception, Mo., and the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome, where he earned a licentiate in sacred theology. He was abbot of Conception Abbey from 1977 to 1987. As bishop of St. Cloud the new Dubuque coadjutor gained a reputation for a collaborative style of leadership. I I = Ed. L. Lee = Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 I III I I F II III II I Maronite Ze00#00z Funeral II0nms _J [ . .Ji i Four Convenient Locations WEST CHAPEL 3033 W. MARYLAND ST. e