New Bill Puts Mental Health Coverage At Risk

Mar 8, 2017

Is your mental health coverage at risk? #KeepWhatWorks

One in five Americans experiences a mental health condition, but only half get needed treatment. Coverage for mental health care helps people get treatment when they need it, helping them to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.

But the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce funding for health coverage–from insurance plans to Medicaid–and put mental health care at risk. It caps Medicaid funding, which will lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.

Tell your U.S. Representative this is unacceptable.

Call (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code.

Use our talking points below—and add your own story, if you'd like.

As a constituent, I urge you to reject American Health Care Act provisions that will harm people with mental illness: 

Individual and Small Group Health Insurance

Traditional Medicaid

Medicaid Expansion

Congress shouldn’t put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. Cutting corners in health coverage will keep people from getting the treatment they need and will push people with mental illness into costly emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.

Investing early in affordable, quality mental health care promotes recovery and saves taxpayer dollars in the long term by avoiding disability, criminal justice involvement and frequent hospital stays.

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Editor’s note: This page has been updated since its original publication on March 7, 2017.

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