The U.S. Senate may vote this week on its version of the the American Health Care Act of 2017, which would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. The AHCA shows dangerous disregard for the wellbeing of people with substance use disorders and their families and erases decades of progress.
It is critical that we make our voices heard again, as the AHCA would:
- Deeply cut Medicaid funding, end the Medicaid expansion, impose caps on federal Medicaid funds, and allow states to impose work requirements on certain beneficiaries;
- Allow states to remove essential health benefits (which require insurers to cover addiction and mental health benefits); and
- Result in millions of people losing their health insurance, including millions of people who need addiction and mental health care.
With 1 in 3 families directly impacted by the addiction crisis and overdose deaths now outnumbering car accidents, we need our government to make access to substance use disorder and mental health treatment easier and less expensive, not more difficult and out of reach for many Americans.
We need your voice, your story and your activism TODAY. Please call the U.S. Capitol directly at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Senators to urge a No vote on the Senate version of the AHCA bill. Click here to find your Senators.
Thank you for your dedication to support those in need of addiction and mental health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support!
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