Healthcare Message From MFSA

Healthcare is a Basic Human Right!

Over the last several months you have called, emailed, marched and tweeted your faithful support for healthcare access for all people. Thank you for your partnership in justice-seeking.

Our work is not over. Now we need to mobilize people of faith for a robust open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. We need you to raise awareness about Open Enrollment and drive traffic to, assisters, navigators, and brokers, and community enrollment events.

Budgets for advertising these open enrollment periods have been drastically cut from 100 million dollars to ten million dollars, and the enrollment period has been reduced. This puts critical life-giving healthcare access in jeopardy for millions. We need people of faith and to educate our communities.

Here are some tangible ways you can help us get the word out!

Download this Toolkit with Faith Resources

The Interfaith Healthcare Coalition of which MFSA is a partner created this toolkit to provide strategies and templates for use in outreach to media and your community in order to raise awareness about Open Enrollment and drive traffic to, assisters, navigators, and brokers, and community enrollment events. Download the toolkit here. 

Social Media

Help us get the word out on social media by posting this email or tweeting the information below.

The Open Enrollment window for coverage beginning January 1, 2018: November 1 – December 15, 2017

Visit HealthCare.Gov, call 1-800-318-2596 or find in-person help at to shop for plans and sign up.

People of Faith Call In 

Encourage clergy and people of faith to join a call with US Rep. Clyburn on Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm. Rep. Clyburn will be hosting a call with clergy and people of faith around the country to talk about the importance of healthcare for people of faith and help people promote enrollment. The number will be 712-451-0436 with access code 845827. Please share to your networks so that those who are interested can engage in open enrollment.

Contact Us

Methodist Federation for Social Action
212 East Capitol St.NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
(202) 546-8806

Sara Hickman Benefit Concert

Join Senator Wendy Davis

& Representative Donna Howard

with Women Partners in Health for a



Uganda Fistula Fund of Seattle, is partnering with Terrewode, a non-profit organization in Uganda, to build a dedicated women’s hospital and rehab/education center to help prevent and end the suffering caused by obstetric fistula.  Please join us to hear Sara sing and to learn more about this hospital, the first of its kind in Uganda.  Alice Emasu, the co-founder of Terrewode and Sharon Howe, the co-founder of Uganda Fistula Fund, will both speak.  We will watch a brief documentary about a similar hospital in Ethiopia: “A Walk To Beautiful.” 

Our goal is to fund the surgical building with Texan donations. 

Friday – February 17, 2017

7:00PM to 9:00PM

Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church ~ 1725 West 11th Street ~ Clarksville

(small reception to follow)


or contact for more information.

iACT Red Bench

Weekly Witness: Mondays At The Capitol

The 2017 legislative session promises to be a time of high stakes and hard choices.  It’s never been more important for people of faith to be informed and engaged.

Weekly Witness is your opportunity to put faith into action and advocate for the common good at a time when your state needs it!  Here’s the game plan:

Every Monday starting on January 16, Texas Impact will hold a short, focused advocacy training in a meeting room at the Capitol.  We–and often colleagues from our partner organizations–will present timely, insider information on a “focus issue of the day,” as well as updates and next steps on other issues that are on our legislative agenda.

Following the training, participants will make scheduled or unscheduled legislative visits with their own legislators and other key members, and sometimes attend committee meetings or take advantage of other timely opportunities.

Can’t make it to Austin every week–or ever?  Our trainings are broadcast live on Facebook, and our website will have handouts and advocacy materials like phone and email scripts and social media messages.

Sign up for Weekly Witness today!

Weekly Schedule:

  • January 9: Health Care
  • January 16: Civic Participation and Voting (Martin Luther King Day)
  • January 23: Hunger, Poverty and Payday Lending (UMW Legislative Event)
  • January 30: Religious Freedom
  • February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking
  • February 13: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Legislative Event)

We will provide additional issues for emphasis in our next newsletter, or get them online.

Cover Texas Now

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association.

As Congress prepares to take up federal health care laws, the Cover Texas Now coalition submitted a detailed letter to Governor Abbott, and Texas Insurance and Health and Human Services Commissioners Mattax and Smith, urging them to voice support for policies that will create a more stable, affordable, and high-quality health care system that builds on recent progress, while making improvements.

Cover Texas Now is opposed to:

  • Congress repealing the ACA without simultaneously passing a replacement plan that would ensure no loss of coverage or loss of consumer protections, and
  • Congress fundamentally altering and reducing federal funding for Medicaid, either through a block grant or per capita cap.

Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations that desire to see the state of Texas implement a sustainable health care system and provide quality affordable health coverage to its citizens.

Texas Impact – Health Justice Sabbath

Sign up to participate in the Health Justice Sabbath, November 18-20, 2016.

Why Health Justice Sabbath?

Six years after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), uninsured rates across the U.S. have dropped significantly, but Texas leads the nation in both number and percent of uninsured residents. Nearly a million low-income adults are caught in a “coverage gap”— too poor to qualify for subsidies through, but earning too much to qualify for Medicaid. And lack of insurance isn’t our only health woe: Texas ranks 34th among the states for health overall, and 41st for senior health. Texans with education beyond high school do better, and Hispanics are particularly at risk.

We can do better.

Faith communities play a unique role in the health care landscape. We are providers, consumers, and advocates. We engage health care as an issue of both charity and justice. Our scriptural traditions affirm physical, mental, and spiritual health as core human needs. We celebrate the human mind and body as gifts of a loving Creator.

Increasingly, individuals and communities of faith are concerned about the politicization and polarization of health care in Texas. We want to engage in meaningful, nonpartisan discussion about the future of health care in our state. We want a conversation that integrates physical and mental health and wellbeing; that empowers individuals and local communities; and that envisions affordable, quality health care for all Texans.

We want a health care discussion that is Above Politics.

Let’s start that conversation. This November, join faith communities across the state in prayer, study, and action, as we lift up faith-based teachings and aspirations for healthy families and communities; for the disadvantaged and dismissed; and for our shared future.

Join congregations and other faith groups around Texas in holding a Health Justice Sabbath on the weekend of November 18-20.

  • You might do a big project—like a forum or health fair your whole community can attend.
  • You might simply include special prayers for health and healing in worship.
  • Whether it’s saying a prayer for healing, volunteering at a local clinic, holding a forum on health care issues, or something else, your participation in Health Justice Sabbath will help Texas focus on the importance of health care for all Texans.

Sign up to participate in the Health Justice Sabbath, November 18-20, 2016.

Texas Impact

“What Limits Does Faith Place on Love?”

Texas Interfaith Leaders Protest State’s Withdrawal 

from Refugee Program

Like organizations of many faiths from across the state, Texas Impact’s board of directors issued a statement protesting the decision of state policymakers to withdraw from Texas’ participation in the federal Refugee Resettlement Program. Texas Impact board members also participated in a press conference with refugee service providers.

Statement of Texas Impact’s Board of Directors:

The State of Texas’ decision to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program does not reflect the values of Texans. Texans are courageous, hospitable, and faithful. Texans should not tolerate this decision made on their behalf, which seeks to impede the process of meeting critical needs for some of the most beleaguered of God’s children….Refugees see Texas as a place of freedom and safety for themselves and their families. The State’s decision notwithstanding, we will continue to work to ensure that their faith in our state is well founded.

Read the full statement, quotes from Texas Impact’s Board of Directors, and other religious statements here. Watch Thursday’s press conference segments here or the full video here.

Sign the Interfaith Statement on Health Coverage Expansion!

Texas Impact’s Board of Directors adopted the following statement supporting health coverage expansion, and invites Texans of all faiths to endorse the statement.

We call on every member of the Texas Legislature to commit to supporting a solution that will, at a minimum, ensure that federally subsidized health coverage options are available to every Texan who meets federal eligibility standards including proof of U.S. citizenship. We also encourage legislators to make overdue improvements to Texas’ health care finance systems, especially by adjusting reimbursement rates for health care providers and simplifying eligibility and enrollment for publicly funded health care programs.


Sign on to the statement here.


Don’t forget to sign up for Health Justice Sabbath Nov 18-20!

MFSA Announces Reproductive Health Network

MFSA Board of Directors announces new Faith Action Network focusing on reproductive health, justice and choice.

September 29, 2016
Contact:      Deaconess Darlene DiDomineck, Interim Executive Director
Irene DeMaris, Chair, Reproductive Health & Justice Faith Action Network

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) announced this week they have approved the formation of the first Reproductive Health & Justice Faith Action Network (FAN). This Faith Action Network is a way for United Methodist advocates for reproductive health, choice and justice to connect, stay informed and organize for change within our denomination and at local, state and national levels.

This new Faith Action Network will be led by Irene DeMaris, MDIV who is a long time advocate for gender justice through a faith lens and previously served with MFSA as a seminary intern focusing on reproductive justice. DeMaris shares: “It’s more important than ever to begin this work for women and girls from a faith perspective. Our Wesleyan Heritage of social justice and our historic leadership of the Social Gospel Movement require us to take action, to stand with those who are oppressed. Having no United Methodist voice at the table for all parts of women’s health, choice, and justice is dangerous. The MFSA has been walking with women from our founding and today, we further affirm that commitment through the creation of our Reproductive Health & Justice FAN!”

The 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, instructed official United Methodist agencies including the General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women to withdraw immediately from membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). This ended the denomination’s over 40-year relationship with the coalition, of which

Ways to get involved: