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U.S. Senate Plans AHCA Vote by End of Month

We are now hearing that the US Senate will take up its version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the end of the month even though no bill language has been introduced.  We believe that this bill will contain harmful language to the Medicaid program. Read NAMI's handout on the issue.

ACTION NEEDED!

NAMI is counting on you to contact your U.S.Senators the next week even though we know both Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Franken agree with us. Even more importantly, we want your stories. Please email NAMI Minnesota at namihelps@namimn.org and:

1. Tell us who you are, what mental illness you or your family member lives with and how long you or they have been on Medicaid (Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare); if they qualified due to income and not disability, please let us know.
2. Tell us what services and supports you or your family member receives under Medicaid (ACT, ARMHS, CTSS, medications, therapists, doctors, etc.) and how they have been beneficial.
3. Tell us what would happen if those supports or access to treatment disappear.

These stories will help us advocate more effectively against these draconian changes. 

Because Minnesota Senators agree with our position, we need you to reach across state lines. If your brother, sister, parent, friend, grandma, etc. live in a key state - talk to them. They need to call their U.S. Senator now, as they are a key decision maker on Medicaid.

Here are the key states:  Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.  Tell them to please ask their U.S. Senators to reject any proposal that:

1. Causes millions to lose healthcare coverage by effectively ending the Medicaid expansion and by phasing out the enhanced federal match; and/or
2. Effectively ends the Medicaid program as we know it by shifting billions in Medicaid costs to states through a per capita cap or block grant.
3. Phone number to call: U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives (202) 224-3121.

Together, we can make sure that this disastrous policy does not become law. Thank you for your support and activism!