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The Senate delayed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), but they are back at it—and they are moving fast. A vote could happen any day.

 

They have revised the bill and it isn’t better, it’s worse.

 

New language would let insurance companies offer bare-bones plans with no mental health coverage. This is a giant step away from parity, or fair coverage of mental health conditions.

 

There will still be less financial assistance and fewer protections for people who buy individual health insurance plans through the marketplace.

 

The bill still cuts and caps the Medicaid program, which will make it harder for people to get psychiatric medications, case management, mental health services—and even hospital care.

 

Millions will still lose their Medicaid coverage, including 1 in 10 veterans who rely on Medicaid for health and mental health services.

The bottom line: this bill hurts people with mental illness. But, the fight is not over. Together, we are powerful. Together we can #Act4MentalHealth. Tell your Senators to vote NO on the BCRA.


Senate Deliberations on Health Reform
The Senate is discussing 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 DEVASTATE 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 your Senators to take Medicaid caps off the table and protect mental health care.
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