National Call-In Day TOMORROW, May 2 - Tell Congress to Protect Medicaid and Healthcare for Millions of Americans

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~ From our friends at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law ~ 

call congressSenior officials in the Trump Administration have announced that the House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, May 3, for an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). These amendments have made the bill even worse for people with disabilities and eliminates many of the protections for people with pre-existing conditions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the Obama Administration. We need you to take action!
 
Join the national Call-In Day TOMORROW, May 2, and tell Congress to protect Medicaid and healthcare for millions of Americans. Your representatives will also listen to state officials, especially governors, about issues that impact your state and your governor needs to hear from you as well.
 
Call your Congressional Representative: 202-224-3121
Call House Speaker Ryan: 202-225-0600
Contact your governor: https://www.usa.gov/state-governor
 
If the Congressional Switchboard is busy, you can also use the following numbers (shared with permission):
SEIU: 866-426-2631
MoveOn: 844-432-0883
 
If you need help figuring out who your Representative is, go to www.house.gov
 
What You Can Say:
 
As a constituent and a [person with a disability/parent of a child with a disability/supporter of people with disabilities], I oppose the passage of the American Health Care Act.
 
Message 1: The new amendments makes the AHCA worse!
 
The amendments allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions. They also would allow health insurance companies not to cover Essential Health Benefits, such as mental health and substance use disorder benefits, and to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance. These protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities, must be maintained.
 
Message 2: And the AHCA still causes 24 million people to lose health insurance!
 
These amendments did nothing to improve the tremendous problems that the AHCA already posed for people with disabilities.
 
The American Health Care Act still cuts 25% of Medicaid's budget and changes federal reimbursement rules, which would gut critically needed services for people with mental illness and other disabilities. These services include healthcare services in the community for people with serious mental illness, employment services, services that help people stay housed, and services that help students learn in school. Medicaid is the main funding source for these services.
 
The American Health Care Act still repeals the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which has enabled millions of adults and children with behavioral health conditions to gain health insurance, including coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services. If the expansion is repealed, those millions will lose their insurance. Combined with the cuts to Medicaid, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the AHCA will cause 14 million Americans living in poverty to lose their Medicaid coverage, including millions of people with disabilities.
 
Make your voice heard in Congress to protect health care!

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  1. Susan Godwin's avatar
    Susan Godwin
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    This is absolutely heartbreaking to read and I wonder how other states deal with these issues. My cousin in Florida had a situation with her son and fought very hard to get and find a resolution. I keep thinking about that one lady in Hawaii who started "the invisible movement" which grew into millions of marchers protesting Trump!
  2. Claudette Fette's avatar
    Claudette Fette
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    I called my Representative, Dr Burgess, to express my extreme disappointment. My oldest son died on the streets one month ago today. His death began 3 decades ago when his school told me to take him m home and tell no one. His death began when we ran through his lifetime insurance maximum at 12 years old in a facility designed for maximum profit but lacking the skills to help us. His death began in the next abusive facility that we found and sold everything we owned to pay for. His death began when he landed on the streets at 15 and was raped and abused. His death began when we turned to juvenile justice to try to keep him safe, and he was abused. We now know what to do but then we could find no one who had knowledge of best practice for youth with mental health needs. There was no multi tiered systems of support, no EDIPPP, no systems of care. There was an underresources statewide family network trying to find families like mine to connect them to IDEA advocacy and wraparound, but no one have them our names and we did not find them until many years later. We know what to do but we must resource family run organizations and community mental health centers to enable them to hire skilled staff and deliver best practices with fidelity. I became an occupational therapist after my son landed on the streets to develop the skills to help others ... but there is no funding to pay for skilled staff in community in Texas. So we continue to neglect people with mental health needs and compound their issues with the trauma that we systematically expose them to.

    My boy died of neglect and it was a long, slow and painful death. Shame on us. Our children must be our priority.
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