Health reform efforts are evolving rapidly.
The vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was initially delayed while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recovers from surgery. Since then, more Senators said they would vote no on the current version of the BCRA, making it impossible to pass in its current form.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without an immediate replacement. Enough Senators have already indicated they would vote no on this proposal.
Regardless of how the Senate proceeds, NAMI is not seeing any proposal that would meet our simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care?
If Congress proceeds with the BCRA or a new health reform bill, it should improve mental health coverage, not take us back to a time when:
The bottom line: current Senate proposals hurt people with mental illness. But, the fight is not over. Together, we are powerful. Together we can #Act4MentalHealth. Tell your Senators we want more coverage for mental health care, not less.