The AHCA is the American Health Care Act. The President and Congress intend for the AHCA to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was put in place during Obama’s presidency.
The problem with the American Health Care Act is that it would dismantle the Medicaid expansion implemented under the Affordable Care Act, resulting in many people losing their access to behavioral health care through Medicaid.
As we speak, 13 GOP Senators are crafting this bill intended to repeal and replace the ACA.
It’s time to stand together as Coloradans and let our Senators know that mental health and substance abuse care are not optional and must be covered.
You can voice your opinion by contacting our Coloradan Senators. Specifically, you can make a great impact by contact Republican Senator Gardner, as he is one of the 13 GOP Senators crafting the AHCA.
Information on how to contact each senator is below. Protect Our Care Colorado is a great resource for more information regarding this subject.
My name is ____ and I live in ____, Colorado. I am emailing you to urge ____ (Insert Name) to vote against any changes to Medicaid. Medicaid provides the opportunity to seek Behavioral Health Care for thousands of Coloradans, something that they otherwise would go without. The medicaid expansion contributes $3 billion to Colorado’s economy every year! Don’t vote to weaken Medicaid, lives depend on it.*
*This script sample was modified from protectourcareco.org, please visit their website for more scripts.
@SenCoryGardner Mental Health & Substance Abuse Care Coverage Cannot be Optional #ProtectOurCare #VoicesOfCO
@SenCoryGardner Protect our access to behavioral health care #ProtectOurCare #VoicesOfCO