In response to an announcement made on February 1, 2013, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dianne Laubert, director of communications, Diocese of Palm Beach, released the following statement:
“Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new proposed regulations regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Diocese of Palm Beach, like many others, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and various other religious organizations, will review the proposed regulations. We welcome the opportunity to do so. It is very early in the review process to comment further.”
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its 20 schools, which include 14 Catholic Elementary schools, three high schools, two private elementary schools, and two preschools.