CBO Says Senate Health Care Proposal Would Result in Millions Losing Health Care; APA Calls Again on Senate to Reject the Deeply Flawed Proposal

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association today issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. in response to the Congressional Budget Office score released today that shows that 22 million Americans would lose coverage by 2026 under the Senate’s proposed health care legislation:

“The CBO report highlights in stark terms the negative impact of the Senate proposal. The bill would reverse much progress in recent years by rolling back Medicaid expansion, capping the Medicaid program and allowing states to waive critical essential health benefits. In less than a year the Senate that passed the Comprehensive Mental Health Act on a bipartisan, bicameral legislation, has turned back on the advances to treat those with mental illness and substance use disorders. These changes would be particularly devastating to the millions of Americans in need of mental health and substance use treatment. We strongly urge the Senate to reject this deeply flawed proposal.”

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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