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Why “Unite4BH?”

2017 is a critical year to advocate in support of addiction and mental health priorities. With major proposed changes to Medicaid and behavioral health funding, the National Council is reliant upon its members to unite to protect behavioral health care. The more noise we make now, the better our chances of delaying or stopping future Medicaid cuts. Visit this page regularly to see our latest opportunities and Unite4BH!

 

Call to Action:

Preserve coverage and care for people living with mental illness or addiction.

 

Schedule a Meeting with Your Legislator

HERE ARE 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO BOOKING A MEETING:
  1. Download our template meeting request letter.
  2. Personalize the meeting request letter with information about your organization, who you serve, and the topics you would like to discuss.
  3. Download this State Staff Directory. Search by your state or congressional district to find both of your senators and your representative. Email your district offices directly.

SUPPORTING MATERIALS FOR MEETINGS

Repealing Medicaid expansion. Single adults with mental health and addiction disorders are the single largest beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion. Download this National Council fact sheet detailing the crucial role Medicaid expansion plays in providing access to treatment services across the country. Click here to download.

 

Refinancing Medicaid into a block grant or “per capita cap” system. Block grant/per capita cap proposals are projected to result in a $1 trillion cut to federal Medicaid spending over 10 years. Download this National Council fact sheet explaining the impact these cuts would have on enrollees, providers, and states. Click here for download.

Write Your Legislator

WRITING A LETTER IS EASY:
  1. Download the template letter here.
  2. Personalize the letter with information about your organization, who you serve, and why Medicaid is crucial to your clients. Feel free to modify the letter in any way to make it your own!
  3. Download the 2017 Health Staffer Directory. Search by your state or congressional district to find both of your senators and your representative. Email each office a separate copy of your personalized letter.
  4. Add us to your email! CC Michael Petruzzelli at MichaelP@thenationalcouncil.org to your outgoing emails so we can keep track and double your advocacy efforts here in Washington, D.C.
SUPPORTING MATERIALS FOR WRITING A LETTER:
Introducing Your Organization – a One Pager: Most legislators and their staff know little about community-based mental health and substance use treatment. That’s not a bad thing. Take the opportunity to provide a short fact sheet about your organization. This is your chance to fill them in on your services and the impact you make in your clients’ lives. Need inspiration? View our guide to creating a one-pager about your organization.

Call Your Legislator

CALLING YOUR LEGISLATORS TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES:
  1. Dial this number: 202-224-3121
  2. Ask for your Senators or Representative.
  3. Share with them this message:
    • Your message: “Please work to preserve and protect Medicaid for millions of people with mental illness and addictions. Medicaid is the single largest payer of mental health and addiction treatment services in the country. Any proposals that rollback Medicaid coverage will have a significant impact on this vulnerable population. I’m calling from [city, state, and zip] and my name is [first and last name].”
  4. Call your other two legislators and share the same message!

Find Your Legislator

Fact Sheets

  • Repealing Medicaid expansion. Single adults with mental health and addiction disorders are the single largest beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion. Download this National Council fact sheet detailing the crucial role Medicaid expansion plays in providing access to treatment services across the country. Click here to download.
  • Refinancing Medicaid into a block grant or “per capita cap” system. Block grant/per capita cap proposals are projected to result in a $1 trillion cut to federal Medicaid spending over 10 years. Download this National Council fact sheet explaining the impact these cuts would have on enrollees, providers, and states. Click here for download.

Unite to Protect Behavioral Health: Advocacy Webinar Series

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and advocacy opportunities? Register for our biweekly policy webinars for updates on issues that matter most, including: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, proposed reforms to Medicaid and details on government spending for behavioral health care programs. Register here.

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