Easily contact your Senators re: Graham-Cassidy

By Anthony Kassir
09/20/2017

From the APA:

The American Psychiatric Association is moving quickly to protect access to mental health and substance use disorder coverage. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) recently unveiled a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but their proposal would:
  • Eliminate guaranteed coverage of substance use disorders and mental health treatment services, and
  • Drastically cut Medicaid, a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness.
We need your help to defeat this legislation! Write and call your U.S. Senators today to urge them to oppose Graham-Cassidy.

Write Your Senators and Call Your Senators Today!

This bill is very similar to earlier versions which have failed in the past but we need to take action quickly. The Senate has only two weeks to pass legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a simple 50-vote majority and the bill's sponsors claim to have the support of 49 senators. Framed as an attempt to "return control over health care funding to the states," the bill adopts many of the same ideas from prior ACA repeal and replace legislation, including an enhancement of states' ability to waive the ACA's consumer protections and imposing a damaging Medicaid per capita cap. If enacted into the law, the bill is expected to destabilize the individual insurance market and result in the loss of coverage for millions, at levels on par with or potentially greater than those estimated for prior ACA repeal legislation.

We must act to protect our patients' access to mental health and substance use treatment. Use the APA's online tool to write and call your U.S. Senators today!
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