Complete List of Groups that Support this Health Care Bill

Mar 23, 2010
Press Release

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Alliance for Retired Americans

American Geriatrics Society

American College of Seniors

Generations United

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations

National Council on Aging

National Hispanic Council on Aging

National Respite Coalition

National Senior Citizens Law Center

National Senior Corps Association


Seniors to Seniors

Consumer Groups:

Consumer Action

Consumer Federation of America

Consumers Union

Consumers' CHECKBOOK/Center for the Study of Services

Families USA

League of Women Voters of the United States National Consumers League

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care

National Consumers League

Business Groups:

Small Business Majority

The Main Street Alliance

Vanderbilt University

Newspaper Editorial Boards:

Chicago Sun Times

Commercial Appeal


New York Times

The News and Observer (Raleigh Durham)


Washington Post

Religious Groups:

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

B'nai B'rith International

Catholic Sisters

Clergy Strategic Alliances, LLC

Faithful Reform in Health Care

Faithful America

Disciples Justice Action Network

Easter Seals

Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church

Evangelicals for Social Action

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

Lutheran Health Network

National Association of Jewish Chaplains

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Justice Team

The Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence

Union for Reform Judaism

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Women of Reform Judaism

United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society

Minority/Ethnic Groups:

Asian American Justice Center

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Japanese American Citizens League

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic National Bar Association

Latin American & Caribbean Office of Planned Parenthood

Latinos For National Health Insurance

Latinos United For Health Care

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

MANA - A National Latina Organization

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund


National Congress of American Indians

National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

National Council of La Raza

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Hispanic Environmental Council

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

National Indian Health Board

National Puerto Rico Coalition

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition

US Hispanic Leadership Institute

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Health care and Medical Associations:

Academic Medical Centers

AIDS Action Council

AIDS Institute

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Art Therapy Association

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association on Health and Disability

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

American College of Nurse Midwives

American College of Physicians

American Counseling Association

American Dance Therapy Association

American Diabetes Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/ SPAIN USA

American Geriatrics Society

American Group Psychiatric Association

American Group Psychotherapy Association

American Heart Association

American Medical Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Nurses Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Osteopathic Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association

American Social Health Association

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Arthritis Foundation

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Association for the Advancement of Psychology

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Autism Society of America

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Black Women's Health Imperative

Brain Injury Association of America

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Catholic Health World

Center for Adolescent Health & the Law

Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Children and Adults with ADHD

College of American Pathologists

Colon Cancer Alliance

CommonHealth ACTION

Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief Coalition

Community Health Councils

Community Health Partnership: Oregon's Public Health Institute

Defeat Diabetes Foundation

Doctors for America

Eating Disorders Coalition

Epilepsy Foundation

Health Care For All

Health Care for America Now

Healthcare Access Project


Hispanic Dental Association

HIV Medicine Association

Malecare Prostate Cancer Support

Medicare Rights Center

Mental Health America

Mental Health Liaison

National Academies of Practice

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association for Children's Behavioral Health

National Association for Rural Mental Health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils

National Association of Psychiatric Heath Systems

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

National Association of State Mental Health Program

National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III, Community Networks Program

National Breast Cancer Coalition

National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregiver Alliance

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations

National Coalition on Health Care Action Fund

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Community Pharmacists Association (with caveats)

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Council of Asian & Pacific Islander Physicians

National Council of Churches, USA Health Task Force

National Disability Rights Network

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Family Caregivers Association

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives

National Foundation for Mental Health

National Health Council

National Health Equity Coalition

National Health Law Program

National Lung Cancer Partnership

National Medical Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Physicians Alliance

National Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable

National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

National Rural Health Association

National Spinal Cord Association

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office


Opinion Leaders Advocacy Network

Our Bodies Ourselves

Out of Many, One

OWL - The Voice of Midlife and Older Women

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Partnership for Prevention

PHI - Health Care for Health Care Workers

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health

Prescription Policy Choices

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition

Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition

Society for Adolescent Medicine

South Texas Health Reform

State Legislators for Health Care Reform

Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.

The Access Project

The Arc of the United States

The Center for Health Care Policy Research and Analysis

The LGBT Cancer Project - Out With Cancer

Tourette Syndrome Association

United Spinal Association

Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)

Urban Coalition for HIV AIDS Prevention Services

US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network

Washington Health Foundation

WISC Health Care Working Group


American Hospice Foundation

American Hospital Association

Andakusia Regional Hospital

Association of American Medical Colleges

Bourbon Community Hospital

Castleview Hospital

Centennial Medical Center

Clinch Vally Medical Center

Crocket Hospital

Danville Regional Medical Center

Federation of American Hospitals

Forrest City Medical Center

Hillside  Hospital

Mayo Clinic

Meharry Medical College

Mimbres Memorial Hospital

National Association of Children's Hospitals

Premier Healthcare Alliance (alliance of 2,300 non-profit hospitals)

Skyline Medical Center

Southern Hills Medical Center

Southern TN Medical Center

Summit Medical Center

Vanderbilt University


Association of Community Affiliated Plans

Health Industry Group Purchasing Association


American Federation of Government Employees

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organization

California Public Employees Retirement System

Common Cause

Communication Workers of America

Change That Works


International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, IronShip Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsworkers

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

LA County Federation of Labor

Labor Council for Latin America Advancement

National Education Association

National Farmers Union


United Auto Workers

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

United Steel Workers


Agricultural Retailers Association

Alliance for Children and Families

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

American Friends Service Committee

American Library Association

American Network of Community Options and Resources

Americans for Democratic Action

ASPIRA Association

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Building and Construction Trade Department

Burton Blatt Institute

Center for Clinical Social work

Center for Community Change

Center for Rural Affairs

Center for the Study of the American Electorate

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Child Welfare League of America

Children's Defense Fund

Children's Leadership Council

Clinical Social Work Association

Coalition on Human Needs

Committee for Education Funding

Community Action Partnership

Community Catalyst

Community Transportation Association of America

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Consumers' CHECKBOOK/Center for the Study of Services

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Council for Exceptional Children

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Execptional Children

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Every Child Matters Education Fund

Family Equality Council

Family Violence Prevention Fund

Family Voices

Farmers Union

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

First Focus Campaign for Children

Friends Fiduciary Corporation

Harris Center for Disability and Health Policy

Helen Keller National Center

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Legal Momentum


McKendree Village, Inc.


NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

National Association of Human Rights Workers

National Association of Neighborhoods

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness

National Council on Independent Living

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness

National REACH Coalition

National Research Center for Women & Families

National Women's Law Center

Partnership for Prevention

Progressive States Network

Project Inform

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

School Social Work Association of America

Self-Governance Communication and Education Tribal Consortium

SER - Jobs For Progress

SparkLight Communications

The Children's Partnership

The Healing of the Nations Foundation

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR)

Therapeutic Communities of America

U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)

U.S. Positive Women's Network

United Cerebral Palsy

United Neighborhood Centers of America

United States Student Association



Voices for America's Children

Volunteers of America

Wider Opportunities for Women

Witness Justice

Women Together for Change

Vanderbilt University:  "Vanderbilt University supports the comprehensive health care reform legislation pending before Congress. As one of the largest private employers in Tennessee and the home of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, Vanderbilt cares deeply about the health and well being of its patients, employees, students and fellow citizens. The mission of our academic medical center is to advance health and wellness for all people through preeminent programs in patient care, education and research. We believe that health care reform is urgently needed and that this legislation will enhance health security, improve the public health care infrastructure, and reduce the impact of uncompensated care on healthcare providers such as Vanderbilt."  March 19, 2010

The Tennessean: "And while the bill that is snarled in political debate on Capitol Hill is far from perfect, it will first and foremost give most of this group of Americans a fighting chance. However, it should be delayed no longer. Because of the complexity of the reforms, it will be 2014 before many of the major provisions kick in. That means we who do have insurance must live with the reality that for the next few years, there will be people in our community - relatives, friends, former co-workers, fellow churchgoers, total strangers - dying for the callous reason that no one cared enough to help them. As the shouting reaches a crescendo today, take a little time to put yourself in their place. It might bring the cost of doing nothing home to you." March 21, 2010

American Medical Association:  "The pending bill is imperfect, but we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to something as important as the health of Americans.   By extending health coverage to the vast majority of the uninsured, improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace, promoting prevention and wellness, reducing administrative burdens, and promoting clinical comparative effectiveness research, this bill will help patients and their physicians." March 19, 2010

American Nurses Association: "On behalf of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million Registered Nurses, I am writing to urge you to vote yes on health care reform. While we recognize that no legislation is perfect, the vote before you represents a rare chance to effect change that will positively impact people's lives.  This legislation will enact very real and much-needed insurance reforms, it will place a new focus on wellness and prevention, improving access to primary care and expanding coverage to over 30 million people." March 16, 2010

AARP: "After a thorough analysis of the reform package, we believe this legislation brings us so much closer to helping millions of older Americans get quality, affordable health care.  For too long, our members and others have faced spiraling prescription drug costs, discriminatory practices by insurance companies and a Medicare system awash in fraud, waste and abuse." March 19, 2010

Catholic Health Association: "Is (the bill) perfect?  No.  Does it cover everyone?  No.  But is it a major first step?  Yes.  The insurance reforms will make the lives of millions more secure, and their coverage more affordable." March 15, 2010."

Federation of American Hospitals: "On behalf of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and our more than 1,000 hospitals throughout the United States, I express our strong support for health reform - both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act.  This legislation is long overdue, and we urge all Members of Congress to vote for health reform."  The following FAH Member Hospitals are in the 5th district: Ardent Health Services, Centennial Medical Center, Essent Healthcare Inc., HCA Hospital Corporation of America, Hermitage Hall, Kindred Hospital Nashville, Nashville Rehabilitation Hospital Select Specialty Hospital, Skyline Medical Center, Southern Hills Medical Center, Summit Medical Center, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabiliation Hospital, and Vanguard Health Systems.

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic does not traditionally take public positions for or against overall legislation.  Thus, we will not take a position for or against this bill.  We will, however, continue to point out provisions that we think move the country toward patient-centered health care as well as areas where we have concerns. We continue to strongly believe that the status quo is not acceptable and have consistently said that there must be two key principles in any successful reform measure: 1)Incentives for doctors and hospitals to offer the highest quality care at the most reasonable cost, and 2) A means to enable all Americans to purchase health insurance."

Summit, Skyline, Centennial, & Southern Hills Medical Center:
"Simply put, I strongly support this health reform legislation.  While I recognize that it is not perfect, it represents the last opportunity to make a real, positive difference to tens of millions of Americans who lack health insurance.  Failure to act now will only result in the uninsured crisis continuing to spiral out of control.  As you know, the issue of the uninsured is not one of mere numbers on a page.  These are people we see every day in our hospital who want health coverage, but simply do not have access or cannot afford it."

Premier Healthcare Alliance:  On behalf of 2,300 non-profit hospitals across the country, members of the Premier healthcare alliance call on Congress to seize this historic opportunity and pass meaningful health reform legislation as soon as possible.  As a nation, we have come too far and have reached too many areas of consensus to accept inaction. Now is the time to move beyond discussions of process, partisanship or political philosophy to enact health reforms that will create system-wide sustainability and improve the quality of care for all Americans. March 19, 2010

American Public Health Association: "We must expand affordable health insurance coverage to those who are uninsured, provide funding for public health and prevention activities, implement much needed insurance and coverage reforms, strengthen the Medicare system and enhance the health care and public health workforce." March 19, 2010

American Heart Association: "We believe the final health reform package would make significant progress towards the Association's core principles for reform by ensuring affordable, quality health care for more Americans.  We urge all Members of Congress to understand the urgency of the need and vote in support of this legislation" March 19, 2010

American Thoracic Society:  "The ATS is a medical professional organization of over 15,000 members who work to prevent, detect, treat and cure respiratory, sleep and critical care related illnesses through research, clinical care and advocacy.  The legislation before Congress, while not perfect, will improve our current system."

American Nurses Association: The (ANA), the largest nursing organization in the United States, urges lawmakers to vote ‘yes' on health care reform this weekend. This historic vote represents a rare chance to effect change that will positively impact people's lives. This legislation will enact very real and much-needed insurance reforms, placing a new focus on wellness and prevention, improving access to primary care and expanding coverage to over 30 million people. March 19, 2010

Health Insurance Purchasing Group Purchasing Group: (HIGPA) supports the increased transparency provisions in the health reform bill, and encourages increased openness and accountability across all healthcare-related industries.  GPOs are the most transparent industry in the health care sector, aggressively working to promote openness, accountability, and the highest ethical standards in business practices. This legislation will afford patients and hospitals the opportunity to obtain critical information about gifts, honoraria, or other payments that may pose a conflict between doctors and medical manufacturers at the expense of patient care." March 19, 2010

American Diabetes Association: "This is the closest this country has ever been to enacting legislation that will bring important reforms to our health care system.  We cannot stop now. Congress must pass this legislation so people with diabetes have access to a health care system that provides them with access to the care necessary to prevent, delay or slow the progression of diabetes. Without adequate care, too many suffer needlessly from preventable life-limiting or life-threatening complications, and require more expensive care later." March 20, 2010

National Education Association:  "Health care reform will make health coverage more affordable to individuals and small businesses, hold insurance companies accountable, provide the security of coverage for the insured and uninsured, and bring down costs for everyone.  The health care reforms included in the reconciliation bill are vital to the nation's economic recovery and a crucial ingredient for great public schools for all students." March 19, 2010

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (representing 59,000 Catholic Sisters in the US):  "We join the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), which represents 1,200 Catholic sponsors, systems, facilities and related organizations, in saying: the time is now for health reform AND the Senate bill is a good way forward."

Small Business Majority:  "We strongly believe the final consensus bill before Congress is the best bill from a small business perspective of all the bills.  Small business owners are hopeful that Congress will be successful in passing healthcare reform that will provide access to affordable health care for small business." March 17, 2010

Partnership for Prevention: "Partnership believes this legislation is essential to providing access to quality, affordable medical care.  No less important it will help control the ballooning health care costs that threaten to overwhelm our economy and the capability of American business to provide health care to their employees." March 16, 2010

Alliance for Retired Americans:  "The Alliance for Retired Americans, on behalf of its nearly four million members throughout the nation, supports the comprehensive health care legislation the House will consider this week. We urge its prompt passage." March 17, 2010

CWA and UAW: "CWA and UAW strongly support the final health care reform legislation that will be produced by this process.  On behalf of our over two million active and retired members, we strongly urge you to vote for these measures." March 15, 2010 

Families USA: "It makes health coverage affordable by providing tax credit subsidies for middle-class families; eliminates the pernicious "doughnut hole" in Medicare prescription drug coverage; stops insurance company abuses; extends coverage for 32 million uninsured people; and reduces the deficit by $138 billion over the first ten years and by $1.2 trillion in the next decade." March 18, 2010

League of Women Voters: "We have a health care crisis in America. Too many citizens lack adequate health insurance coverage and rising costs threaten everyone. The failure of Congress to act on these issues over decades has both compounded the problems and undermined faith in government."

Service Employees International Union's (SEIU): "On behalf of the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) more than 2.2 million members, I urge you to vote "yes" on the rule and final passage on H.R. 4872, the reconciliation bill modifying H.R. 3950, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, when it is considered on the House floor and to oppose all weakening amendments.  The bill takes historic steps to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare.  SEIU strongly supports this legislation, including the affordability credits for low- and moderate-income families to access the care they need, long overdue health insurance reforms, improving long term care for vulnerable populations, strengthening Medicare, and making critical investments to create a stable workforce to deliver quality patient care." March 18, 2010

March of Dimes Foundation: "Most of all we think it is long past time to ensure that every American has access to and can benefit from great advances in medicine, in technology, and in the improved quality of health services - just in case. That will only happen by eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions and annual and lifetime limits and by expanding access to both private and public coverage for those who are currently uninsured." March 19, 2010

Center for Rural Affairs, National Rural Health Association, & National Farmers Union: "Collectively our organizations represent a broad national constituency of rural people including health professionals, farmers and ranchers, small business owners and rural community leaders. We are united in our belief that the Senate health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, takes great steps to improve access to health care for rural people." March 19, 2010

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations: The LCAO, a coalition of national not-for-profit organizations representing nearly 60 million older Americans, urges you to vote in support of the rule for the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) and the amendment in nature of a substitute.  This health care reform legislation is historic, comprehensive and long overdue.  This legislation brings high-quality, affordable health insurance to millions of older adults and other Americans who lack adequate coverage now.  Like the momentous enactment of Medicare in 1965, passage of this legislation will save families from choosing between financial ruin and their health.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:  "While clearly the health reform compromise has its flaws, the costs faced by our small businesses are so great and the need for reforms in the small group insurance market so urgent, that the benefits outweigh the costs for the Hispanic business community.  Nearly 98 percent of our Hispanic businesses will benefit from tax cuts and reduced premiums due to the exchange while facing no threat of an employer mandate penalty.  While we oppose the use of an employer mandate and the penalties associated with it - they are at least limited to larger businesses and to only 2 percent of Hispanic businesses." March 19, 2010