The House and Senate are voting on the final tax reform bill that would impact
people with mental illness. Although some harmful provisions were removed, there is still some
are 3 things that could end up in the final tax bill that hurt people with
health insurance costs. If the final
bill removes fines for people who do not have health insurance (also known as
the individual mandate), this will increase the number of uninsured Americans
by an estimated 13
million. When fewer healthy people are insured,
premiums increase—making insurance less affordable for people with mental
more tax deductions for medical expenses.
Repealing the medical expense deduction—which can include the costs of visits
to psychiatrists, inpatient stays, and medications—would harm people, including
people with serious mental illness, who have very high medical expenses.
affordable housing. Too many people with
mental illness lack affordable housing. A repeal of the tax exemption on
private activity bonds would result in an estimated 950,000 fewer units of
affordable rental housing. This will cause even greater challenges for people
with serious mental illness who rely on Section 811 housing.
can’t let this happen. Tax reform
shouldn't hurt people with mental illness.
Tell your members of Congress this is one present
you don’t want this holiday season.