Monday, June 8, 2009

It's Official: Cardinal O'Malley is in the Abortion Business

The Caritas-Centene Joint Venture has put up their website.


Founders

CeltiCare is a partnership between Celtic Group, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, and Caritas Christi Health Care. By combining the strengths of a leading national managed care organization with Massachusetts’s largest community-based hospital system, CeltiCare represents best practices, financial stability, and the long-standing commitment shared by its founders to deliver high-quality, value-driven care to underserved communities.

Benefits Information

Plan I Type:

Outpatient Abortions $0 co-payment

Cardinal O'Malley's abortion

Plan II Type:

Outpatient Abortions $50 co-payment

Plan III Type:

Outpatient Abortions $100 co-payment




A List of Family Planning Providers and Abortuaries:

Family Planning Services - Providers




NEWS RELEASE



MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE

(781) 251-9739



CARITAS CHRISTI CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE ABORTIONS



Celticare Health Plan of Massachusetts, which describes itself as “a partnership between Celtic Group, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, and Caritas Christi Health Care” --- the network of six Catholic hospitals affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston --- has revealed on its website that all three of its Commonwealth Care health plans will include abortion coverage.



On March 12th the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state agency which administers the Commonwealth Care program for low income Bay State residents, awarded a contract to the Commonwealth Family Health Plan Inc. CFHP is a joint venture between Caritas Christi and Celtic Group. On May 6th, the partners established Celticare as a for-profit HMO to manage the state awarded Commonwealth Care contract.



Four of the ten directors of Celticare are officials of Caritas Christi, including Mark J. Rich, the Chief Financial Officer of Caritas, and Dr. Justine M. Carr, Chief Medical Officer of Caritas. The other six directors are affiliated with either Centene Corporation or its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Celtic Insurance Company. Caritas CFO Mark Rich is listed as the Secretary of Celticare.



Celticare also listed on its website the names of “Family Planning and Reproductive Services Providers”, including Planned Parenthood, to which it will refer plan members.



The Catholic Action League called the revelations “final and conclusive proof that Caritas Christi will be a participant in state subsidized abortions.”



Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: “This is the fourth time since February 26th that the Caritas/Centene partnership has indicated that abortion will be part of its Commonwealth Care contract. The question of Caritas Christi’s involvement in practices which violate fundamental Catholic moral teaching has now been answered repeatedly and definitively. Four officials of Caritas Christi serve on the board of a health maintenance organization (jointly founded by Caritas and its partner Celtic Group) which will refer women to Planned Parenthood for taxpayer funded abortions, as part of a government program which requires abortion coverage.”



“It is now unmistakably clear that the Archdiocese of Boston has spent the last three months cynically misleading Catholics in this controversy. The time is long overdue for Cardinal O’Malley to apologize for his assertion of March 6th that ‘Caritas Christi will never do anything to promote abortions, to direct any patients to providers of abortion or in any way to participate in actions that are contrary to Catholic moral teaching and anyone who suggests otherwise is doing a great disservice to the Catholic Church.’ ”


News:

More Proof Showing Caritas Christi will Cover Abortions

Boston Catholic health agency in partnership providing abortion coverage

Concerns about Caritas Christi

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, there you have it.

I noticed this was their mission stament:

"CeltiCare will provide better health outcomes at lower costs."

How noble.

I suppose they don't mean the lives that they will end. Or is that considerd a better "outcome". Perhaps they mean it will just cost less.

Rachele

Anonymous said...

I am deeply saddened.

Anonymous said...

I am flabbergasted.

I owe you an apology. As time went on, it became harder to believe the Cardinal, I sat this out.

The actions of the Cardinal and the Archdiocese on this one are frightening and sinister.

Dymphna said...

I'm sorry. You were right.

Carol McKinley said...

Thanks Dympha. It's a sorrowful thing indeed. I take no comfort in the realizations that people are finally having. Sadly, there is much more to come. Brace yourself.