Time is of the essence. The Senate is now debating their own health care overhaul bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and is currently planning to vote before July 4th.
APA members are strongly encouraged to contact their Members of Congress by Twitter, Facebook or Phone.
- Use the box on the right to find your legislators on Twitter and Facebook
Click here to engage your legislators via Phone http://cqrcengage.com/psychorg/home
Why We Need Reform
We have made significant improvements toward meeting the needs of Americans with serious mental illness and/or addiction use disorders. Unfortunately, the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would seriously undermine those improvements, and set the country back in terms of access to evidence-based care that has shown demonstrated savings in long-term costs.
What the Senate Republican health care overhaul bill would DO:
- Strip 23 million people of their health insurance coverage and cap the Medicaid program – cutting over $880 billion – the largest provider of behavioral health services for our patient population.
- End the guaranteed coverage of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services as Essential Health Benefits.
What’s at Stake:
This has been quite a year for mental health. We successfully worked to pass Mental Health Reform last December, but now coverage protections for mental health benefits and substance use treatment services are at great risk in the Senate’s health care overhaul bill.
Here’s a Recap:
- The House passed their version of ACA repeal and replace, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which APA opposed. The AHCA would lead to millions of people losing health insurance coverage and harmful changes to the Medicaid program, including significant cuts to mental health and substance use disorder services.
- Senate Republicans are now working on their own health care bill based off the AHCA in the hopes of bringing it to a vote before July 4th. We can still influence their version and push for protections for mental health.
Nearly 500 of you took the time to write a letter in response to our last alert. Thank You! You also wrote your governors to urge them to weigh in with your Senators. Now, we need you to contact your Senators at this critical stage.
Contact your Senators today and urge them to vote NO on any Senate health care overhaul bill that does not include protections for people with mental health and substance use disorders.