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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

While Health Care Remains Unclear, Advocates Must Remain Vigilant

April 13, 2017 | ACA | Take Action | Comments
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President Trump this week recommitted himself to finalizing a health care deal before moving on to other legislative items. While Congress remains at home on recess, negotiations continue among both congressional leadership and rank-and-file legislators working to build consensus among the majority members. However, with conflicting reports on the progress being made as well as a crowded legislative calendar upon Congress’ return, it is still difficult to decipher how close Congress is to passing a health care law.

In an interview with Fox Business, President Trump said that while he is ready to move on to tax reform, “I have to do health care first. I want to do it first to really do it right.” As detailed in this week’s Unite4BH advocacy webinar, there remains great uncertainty in when and how the President is looking to move forward on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

During the debate and eventual withdrawal of the American Health Care Act, advocates made clear their strong opposition to potential reforms like rolling back Medicaid expansion, restructuring Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap system and repealing required essential health benefits from insurance coverage, including mental health and substance use treatment services. The National Council will continue to remain diligent and notify advocates should these proposals resurface.


With the potential for health care reform legislation always imminent, it is imperative that National Council advocates stay engaged and continue reaching out to their legislators. This week, the National Council is asking all advocates to join us in our Unite4BH campaign and write letters to congressional staff in your districts and states. Personalized letters are one of the most effective and influential ways to impact legislators’ decisions, and it only takes a few minutes! Click here to get started.


Want to come to Washington, D.C. and advocate in person? Register for National Council Hill Day 2017 to be held October 2-3, 2017. Join over 600 behavioral health administrators, providers, consumers and family members for one of DC’s largest advocacy days of the year. Registration is free – click here to reserve your spot!