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Take Action Health Care Vote Scheduled in the Senate
Senate Republicans are expected to vote on their version of the American Health Care Act before they break for the July 4th recess.  This bill would drastically cut Medicaid, which would be devastating for the mental health community. Medicaid currently covers 25% of all financing for mental health services and 21% of financing for substance use services.  Additionally, it seeks to remove requirements that plans cover an essential health benefits package.  Before such protections were enacted one-third of insurance policies on the individual market did not provide substance use treatments, and almost one in five policies did not cover mental health.

If you have already responded to our alert earlier this month, thank you for your efforts.  Your advocacy work on this bill has put tremendous pressure on Senators to vote “No”. If you haven’t contacted your Senators please send the letter below, and ask them to oppose any legislation that:

1.) Cuts Medicaid and caps its funding;
2.) Eliminates the requirement that plans cover an essential health
     benefits package, including mental health and substance use
     services.

Any legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act must increase, not decrease, the number of Americans with insurance coverage for mental health, substance use, and behavioral health services.

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