Protect our Care- Addiction Treatment is Essential

Protect our Care- Addiction Treatment is Essential

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.

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.

Protect our Care- Addiction Treatment is Essential

This action alert refers to the changes made to the American Health Care Act yesterday.  Please call your members of congress and share these talking points.  Thanks!

 

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  • For families struggling with addiction, the GOP health care repeal bill has just gone from bad to worse.
  • The bill was already threatening to undermine progress to end our national crisis of opioid deaths because it would throw people off insurance and cut funding for treatment. Now, the GOP has added changes that could freeze people out of treatment completely and put even more lives at risk. It would eliminate the requirement that ...

State your name and where you live!

 

  • For families struggling with addiction, the GOP health care repeal bill has just gone from bad to worse.
  • The bill was already threatening to undermine progress to end our national crisis of opioid deaths because it would throw people off insurance and cut funding for treatment. Now, the GOP has added changes that could freeze people out of treatment completely and put even more lives at risk. It would eliminate the requirement that private insurers cover services for addiction and mental illness and allow those insurers to avoid our friends and family members with these illnesses. 
  • Especially now, when we are seeing 30,000 deaths a year nationally from opioid overdoses, we cannot afford to have access to treatment for substance use disorders taken away.
  •  The biggest damage to tackling the opioid epidemic and helping the millions of Americans who have substance use disorders would come from eliminating health coverage for 24 million people through repeal of the Medicaid expansion and severe cuts to the subsidies provided for private insurance. That health coverage has enabled at least 1.3 million people in Medicaid and another 550,000 in private insurance to get treatment for substance use disorders and mental illness, according to researchers at Harvard University.
  •  Ending the requirement to cover “essential health benefits” including services for substance use and mental illness would return us to a tragic time when many state Medicaid programs and private insurers covered only short-term, minimal treatment for substance use disorders, if they covered it at all. That would be like covering only the first week of chemotherapy for a cancer patient.
  • The amended GOP repeal bill throws open the door to more discrimination against people with addiction or mental illness. Kicking decisions to each state and each insurer about whether to cover any services to prevent or treat addiction and mental illness would leave millions of people without treatment, drive up hospital emergency visits, and devastate families and communities. 
  • The “extra funds” the bill offers to states to incentivize coverage pales next to the $880 billion cuts in Medicaid and would worsen the current shortage of addiction prevention and recovery services.

 

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