Call Your Senators- Medicaid is Essential for Addiction Treatment

Call Your Senators- Medicaid is Essential for Addiction Treatment

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The U.S. Senate is moving quickly to pass legislation by the July 4 recess, which is really June 30, as that is the last day the Senate is in session before break. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) needs two weeks to score the legislation, which means that the legislation has to be written by this Friday the 16th to make that deadline. That leaves the Senate very few legislative days to rewrite 1/6th of the Country's economy.

The Senate recently stated that they would not let the public see the bill before it is voted on. That ...

The U.S. Senate is moving quickly to pass legislation by the July 4 recess, which is really June 30, as that is the last day the Senate is in session before break. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) needs two weeks to score the legislation, which means that the legislation has to be written by this Friday the 16th to make that deadline. That leaves the Senate very few legislative days to rewrite 1/6th of the Country's economy.

The Senate recently stated that they would not let the public see the bill before it is voted on. That is a direct result of the advocacy of millions of people scaring them into silence.

Your voice matters! Melt down the phone lines, and inundate their inboxes!

Call your state Senators on Thursday June 15th for a National Call-in Day

 

We are very concerned that the AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from addiction and mental illness, and we cannot support the bill in its current form. We collectively represent consumers, families, providers, health care and social service professionals, advocates and allied organizations who are committed to meaningful and comprehensive policies to reduce the toll of substance use disorders and mental illness through prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

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Call Your Senators- Medicaid is Essential for Addiction Treatment

Tell your Senator to protect Medicaid expansion in the new health care bill so that people with addictions and mental illness can receive the treatment they need.

 

Hi, may I please speak with (SENATE HEALTHCARE STAFFER)?

 

My name is (STATE YOUR NAME), and I am a constituent concerned with what I am hearing regarding the Senate’s Affordable Care Act reform bill.

If they simply ask you to leave a message, these are the suggested talking points:

  • The rolling back of Medicaid expansion will cost the program nearly $1 trillion resulting in significant coverage loss 
    • Medicaid expansion covers 1.29 million low income people with substance use ...

Hi, may I please speak with (SENATE HEALTHCARE STAFFER)?

 

My name is (STATE YOUR NAME), and I am a constituent concerned with what I am hearing regarding the Senate’s Affordable Care Act reform bill.

If they simply ask you to leave a message, these are the suggested talking points:

  • The rolling back of Medicaid expansion will cost the program nearly $1 trillion resulting in significant coverage loss 
    • Medicaid expansion covers 1.29 million low income people with substance use disorders
      • In the United States we have a treatment problem:
        • While roughly 22 million individuals are in need of treatment related to drugs or alcohol, only about 11% actually receive it
  • Medicaid accounts for 25% of all mental health spending in the U.S. and 21% of all substance use disorder. Medicaid is a critical lifeline to individuals seeking treatment.
  • 29% of people who receive their health insurance through Medicaid expansion either have a mental and/or a substance use disorder
  • Medicaid pays for between 35-50% of all medication assisted treatment
  • States hardest hit by the opioid epidemic would be at greatest risk for coverage reductions if Medicaid expansion is repealed

 Sample Message to Staffer:

 “Thank you for allowing me to register my concern with the reported outline of the Senate healthcare bill. We are in the midst of an opiate epidemic, with millions of Americans in need of substance use disorder treatment. The reported cuts to Medicaid will devastate the nearly 2 million Americans who have received treatment through Medicaid Expansion. With the recent reporting that deaths from overdoses are likely to have increased more than 20% from 2015 to 2016, please do not make any cuts to, or roll back Medicaid Expansion. This would further exacerbate an out of control crisis. ”

Tips

  • Be polite and respectful. Staffers receive hundreds of these calls daily
  • If you or someone you know have been impacted by addiction, share that story, it helps put a face to the crisis
  • Ask for a response from the office. Be sure to leave your phone number and email so they can reply to you 

 

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