On Wednesday morning, June 16, the Senate voted against extending higher federal Medicaid match rates (known as FMAP) through June 2011.
Another effort to pass the Jobs Extension Package is expected now at any time.
The action is part of Senate debate on the pending jobs bill, also known as the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act (HR 4213).
Medicaid provides the base of mental health care system in America. Voting against FMAP means pulling the rug out from state budgets—and expanding further the nation’s mental health crisis. Mental health care services that have already been devastated by state budget cuts will be devastated even more.
Mental health cuts end up costing more through lost jobs and careers, broken families, more homelessness, higher insurance costs, more welfare and much more expensive costs for hospital emergency rooms, nursing homes, schools, police and courts, jails and prisons.
Call your Senators now to support the restoration of Medicaid FMAP funds into the Jobs and Tax Extenders Package. All Senate offices can be reached toll-free by calling 877-210-5351 or 877-442-6801 or through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. You can also send a message to your Senators and House member via NAMI's Legislative Action Center.