APA Voices Opposition to Graham-Cassidy Bill; Renews Call for Bipartisan Solution to Health Care

APA Voices Opposition to Graham-Cassidy Bill; Renews Call for Bipartisan Solution to Health Care

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today voiced its strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“This legislation, the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, will lead to millions of Americans losing their health care coverage,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We are particularly concerned that this bill would make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program and rollback expansion, which has allowed 1.3 million Americans with serious mental illness and 2.8 million Americans with substance use disorders to gain coverage for the first time. This bill harms our most vulnerable patients.

"The APA is ready to work with members of both parties to craft a bipartisan solution that stabilizes the health insurance market and ensures Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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