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Community Conversations Held on Medicaid

A coalition of advocates, providers, and Medicaid users came together across the state on the evening of May 31 to learn more about what Medicaid is, who it serves, and what we can do to make sure that this vital program is not gutted by the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA).

Over 200 people gathered in Bloomington, while 25 folks attended events in St. Cloud and Northfield. The event featured a presentation on Medicaid, a panel discussion including a provider and someone with personal experience using Medicaid, and then individuals shared their stories about Medicaid and why it matters.

Those who attended learned that Medicaid serves over 1 million Minnesotans, 200,000 of whom receive health care through Medicaid expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including 50,000 individuals receiving mental health or substance use disorder treatment. It is critical that advocates continue to press to preserve Medicaid and the vital services it provides to Minnesotans living with a mental illness.

Thanks to NAMI members and all who attended these important meetings.