Thank These Senators for Protecting Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Urge Them to Continue to Fight

July 21, 2017 | Addiction Policy Forum

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The fight to protect treatment for substance use disorder is as critical as ever, and now is the time to encourage those Senators who have stood up for Medicaid funding in recent iterations of healthcare reform to continue their support for this crucial lifeline to those impacted by addiction.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is one of the healthcare measures that could come up for a vote in the coming weeks. According to the CBO, this legislation would leave 22 million Americans uninsured, while gutting Medicaid to the tune of $772 billion.  

The other legislation they may take up is the bill to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, while delaying the the impact of repeal for two years. This legislation is entitled the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act, and, according to the CBO, would result in 32 million uninsured while eliminating the Medicaid Expansion entirely.

The following senators spoke up in opposition to BCRA, specifically stating concerns with the cuts to medicaid. We know that in the U.S. we have a treatment gap. Of the 21.7 million Americans struggling with substance use disorders, only 1 in 10 receive treatment. Cuts to Medicaid would only exacerbate this problem. 

Click the links below to use social media to thank these Senators for protecting Medicaid, and urge them to continue working on legislative solutions to the treatment gap and the growing crisis of care. 

Thank you for taking action and helping protect access to care!


Topics: Advocacy