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Senate Leadership Letter

Faces & Voices of Recovery, ARCO and all ARCO member organizations have written and signed off on a letter to address concerns surrounding healthcare reform:

The undersigned organizations are writing to share our views on critical provisions we believe must be included in any legislation modifying the nation窶冱 health care system. We also want to share serious concerns with several of the reforms included in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).
We collectively represent consumers, families, providers, health care and social service professionals, criminal justice professionals, advocates and allied organizations who are committed to meaningful and comprehensive policies to reduce the toll of substance use disorders and mental illness through prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
We recognize that the current law can be improved and that there are problems that need to be fixed. However, we do not support changes to the health care system that would result in reduced access to substance use disorder and mental health treatment, including changes that would cap federal funding for Medicaid, end the Medicaid expansion, and eliminate benefit protections for Americans insured through the small group and individual markets. In the face of the opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equitable access to a full continuum of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, including medications to treat substance use disorders and mental illness, must be an essential component of health care coverage. It is also critical that substance use disorders and mental illness be covered on par with other medical conditions consistent with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).
As the Senate takes up health reform legislation, we ask that the Senate bill:

  • Maintain benefit protections for mental health and substance use disorder treatment through the exchanges and individual/small group markets, and maintain requirements that those benefits be offered at parity with medical benefits
  • Maintain Medicaid窶冱 current financing structure, including the Medicaid expansion

Theツletter was signed by 436 organizations and sent to the Senate Leadership, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Feel free to share the letter with your members and to contact your Members of Congress to let them know you support it as well.ツRead the full letterツHERE.

 

Faces & Voices of Recovery, ARCO and all ARCO member organizations have signed on to this letter along with hundreds of other local, state and national organizations.ツFeel free to share it with your members and to contact your Members of Congress to let them know you support it as well.

The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces & Voices of Recovery unites and supports the growing network of local, regional and statewide recovery community organizations (RCO’s). ARCO links RCO’s and their leaders with local and national allies and provides training and technical assistance to groups. ARCO helps build the unified voice of the organized recovery community and fulfill our commitment to supporting the development of new groups and strengthening existing ones. For more information on ARCO, visitツhttp://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/arco/about-arco.html.