Our Statement on Graham-Cassidy
MHP is relieved to hear that the most recent attempt by the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as the Graham-Cassidy Bill, was pulled from consideration prior to a vote, in the early evening on Tuesday, September 26th.
Medicaid is the primary insurer of individuals with behavioral health conditions, and Medicaid expansion, through the Affordable Care Act, has made it possible for more than 124,000 Pennsylvanians to access substance use disorder treatment, and for roughly a quarter of all enrollees to access some kind of mental health treatment.
At a time where more than half of Americans with behavioral health conditions are awaiting treatment, we must continue to create bipartisan effort to build on our healthcare system, and allow all Americans the opportunity to recover and succeed.
The continuation of the Affordable Care Act will allow millions of Americans with behavioral health conditions to find recovery, get back to work, and continue to be dynamic members of society. MHP profusely thanks our elected officials, including Senator Casey and Governor Wolf, for standing up against the Graham-Cassidy Bill, and fighting for Pennsylvania’s behavioral health community. Most of all, we thank you, MHP's staff, participants, and community partners for your persistence and tenacity. Thank you for standing for behavioral health!