The proposed changes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) were released last week by the House Republicans. The provisions contained in this bill could affect how Americans are covered and cared for in the future.
Medicaid funding will be significantly cut to pay for the commercial insurance reforms.
According to Medicaid.gov, “The largest funder of mental health and addiction services in the United States is Medicaid and is increasingly playing a larger role in the reimbursement of substance use disorder services”.
This new proposal could be devastating for Americans seeking coverage for behavioral health disorders.
While there are stark doubts about the bill making it to the White House, the Republican administration believes that AHCA will move to the House Floor prior to Spring break April 7th.
Protect the Medicaid benefits of those who need it the most by contacting Congress today. The National Council for Behavioral Health has provided the resources to join the fight on their Unite for Behavioral Health (Unite4BH) page.