Will You Lose Your Mental Health Coverage?
Affordable coverage for mental health care opens doors that help people with mental illness get the treatment they need to succeed at work, at school, and in the community. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans gained coverage for mental health and substance use conditions.
The Senate is discussing their version of health reform and may take action soon. They have a decision to make: protect mental health care or make devastating cuts to Medicaid.
Medicaid is the foundation of our community mental health system. It is the main provider of mental health services for people with serious mental illness. Many in the Senate want to cap Medicaid (a fixed amount of federal funding per person). If Medicaid is capped, it will be harder for people to get psychiatric medications, case management and mental health services. And some people will lose their eligibility for Medicaid.
Simply put, Medicaid caps would DEVESTATE mental health services.
Capping Medicaid would be a move in the wrong direction and push people with mental illness into costly emergency rooms, hospitals and jails. We need more coverage for mental health care, not less.
Act today. Tell the Senate to protect mental health!
Call (202) 224-3121. Press #1. Enter your zip code.
What to say: “Please protect Medicaid and mental health coverage and oppose any health reform bill that:
Caps or limits Medicaid
Ends Medicaid expansion
Takes away protections for people with mental health conditions; or
Leaves fewer Americans with coverage for mental illness.
We cannot protect mental health coverage without your voice. Tell your Senators to #KeepWhatWorks