Take Action: ACA

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that under the American Health Care Reform Act of 2017 (AHCA), 24 million Americans will lose mental health coverage by 2026, including 14 million fewer people covered by Medicaid.

For more information, see NAMI’s newest talking points on the American Health Care Act.

Help NAMI tell Congress not to strip away 24 million Americans’ mental health coverage.

What can you do?

Take part in our mental health advocacy actions this week by using the materials below.

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24 million Americans will lose mental health coverage. Will you be one of them?

Fri, Mar 17 – Tue, Mar 21

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Tweet #1: [insert image] Congress is deserting mental health & addiction in an opioid crisis & the highest suicide rate in 30 years #KeepWhatWorks  https://goo.gl/cMkUo5

Tweet #2: [insert image] 24 million Americans losing mental health coverage is wrong and the #AHCA is not the answer. #KeepWhatWorks https://goo.gl/cMkUo5

Tweet #3: [insert image] The #AHCA will cap Medicaid funding and jeopardize MH care. Tell Congress no. #KeepWhatWorks https://goo.gl/cMkUo5

Tweet #4: [insert image] The #AHCA will freeze Medicaid expansion, hurting people with mental illness. Tell Congress no. #KeepWhatWorks  https://goo.gl/cMkUo5

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Under the American Health Care Act, 24 million Americans will lose mental health coverage, including 14 million fewer people covered by Medicaid. Tell Congress to #KeepWhatWorks
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Call (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code. #KeepWhatWorks  https://goo.gl/cMkUo5

What’s the bigger picture, and what can I do?

Congress just unveiled the American Health Care Act. It caps Medicaid funding, which would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.

Federal help to buy health insurance would be reduced, leaving people unable to afford mental health care.

And it would freeze Medicaid expansion in 2020, leaving people with mental illness without the services they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.

Tell your U.S. Representative this is unacceptable.

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

Use our talking points below–and add your own story, if you like.

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

  • Don’t reduce federal help to buy health insurance. With reductions, millions of people, including people with mental illness, won’t be able to afford mental health care.
  • Don’t accept “per capita cap” funding of Medicaid. Instead of flexibility, this would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.
  • Don’t end enrollment of people in Medicaid expansion. This will leave people with mental health and substance use conditions without the treatment they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.
  • Don’t put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. Cutting corners in health coverage will result in worsened conditions and costly use of emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.” 

NAMI is nonpartisan. We support policies that help people with mental health conditions and their families.

The American Health Care Act — NAMI Talking Points

March 7, 2017

  • One in five Americans experience 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 would reduce funding for health coverage-from insurance plans to Medicaid-and put mental health care at risk. 

Individual and Small Group Health Insurance

  • Federal help to buy health insurance would be reduced, leaving millions of people, including people with mental illness, unable to afford mental health care. 

Traditional Medicaid

  • Medicaid plans would no longer have to cover mental health and substance use care, abandoning Congress’ commitment to mental health and substance use coverage.
  • Traditional Medicaid would be converted to a “per capita cap” system, which means states would get a lump sum for all enrollees. Instead of flexibility, this would lead to deep cuts over time and jeopardize mental health services.
  • Federal Medicaid funding would be frozen at current levels, adjusted for inflation. Funding for mental health and substance use services is already inadequate and could not be improved without cutting other needed health care. 

Medicaid Expansion

  • Nearly 1 out of 3 people covered by Medicaid expansion live with a mental health or substance use condition.This bill would end new enrollment in 2020, leaving people with mental health and substance use conditions without the Medicaid services they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.
  • 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.

Call to Action: Preserve coverage and care for people living with mental illness.

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