Congress Proposes to End Required Coverage of Mental Health Care in Medicaid
Congress just unveiled their proposed American Health Care Act. Provisions include:
- Ending the requirement that Medicaid cover mental health care.
- Capping Medicaid funding, which will lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.
- Freezing Medicaid expansion, putting young people who are first experiencing serious mental illness at risk.
Tell your U.S. Representative this is unacceptable.
- Call your Representative in Congress NOW:
- Call (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code.
- Call your Senators:
- Call (202) 224-3121, press #1 and enter your zip code.
- Write to your elected officials:
Give this message:
“As a constituent, I urge you to reject American Health Care Act provisions that will harm people with mental illness and their families:
- Don’t reduce federal help to buy health insurance. With reductions, millions of people, including people with mental illness, won’t be able to afford mental health care.
- Don’t accept “per capita cap” funding of Medicaid. Instead of flexibility, this would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.
- Don’t end enrollment of people in Medicaid expansion. This will leave people with mental health and substance use conditions without the treatment they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.
Don’t put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. Cutting corners in health coverage will result in worsened conditions and costly use of emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.”
Please ask other mental health warriors to do the same.