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AMHCA Report Leads to Hearing

Friday, March 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
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On March 10, 2014, Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Diana DeGette (D-CO), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member, sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Tim Murphy requesting a hearing on the impact of states' refusal to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act on uninsured Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. The letter refers to AMHCA's finding that nearly 3.7 million uninsured adults with serious mental health and substance abuse conditions will be ineligible for Medicaid coverage because they live in a state that refused to expand the program. This comes on top of over $4 billion in state cut to their mental health budgets between 2009 and 2012, even as demand for public mental health services has increased.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has held four hearings, roundtables, and forums on mental health issues, but has yet to address this important issue for individuals with mental illnesses.

Learn more and read the letter calling for a hearing