NAMI Applauds Bipartisan Governors' Letter Defending Medicaid

7/27/2017

A group of 10 influential governors from across the aisle wrote to Senate leadership this week to call for bipartisan solutions that fix the insurance marketplace and do not cut Medicaid.

As the Senate debates the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the governors state, “The bill’s Medicaid provisions shift costs to states and fail to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out, including the working poor or those suffering from mental illness or addiction.”

The governors go on to say, “The Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a ‘skinny repeal,’ which is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”

NAMI couldn’t agree more. We urge Congress to heed the warning of state governors.

Read the complete letter here, authored by Gov. Hickenlooper (D-CO), Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), Gov. Charles Baker (R-MA), Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) and Phil Scott (R-VT).