Target: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
Goal: Help millions of people get access to mental health services that they desperately need.
Efforts to modernize and reform America’s broken mental healthcare system may come to a halt before they have a chance to be voted on. A bill created to improve the system would expand funds on mental healthcare services, have insurance providers cover the services at the same level as they cover physical healthcare services, and many other reforms. However, if the bill manages to pass through the Senate, it will very likely die on the House floor. For the sake of millions of Americans whose mental illnesses go untreated, this bill cannot be allowed to die; put pressure on Congress to make sure that this bill passes.
This bill is popular among both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. They all agree that more money should be put into increasing mental health services such as health clinics, housing, and crisis response teams. By providing better community-based services, Congress can make sure fewer mentally ill people will end up on the streets or in prisons. The Senate Appropriations Committee is considering funding for the bill, but there have been no promises made.
While it is unsure whether the Senate will be able to provide funds, it is almost certain that the House will be unwilling to expand spending for the bill. A House version of this bill has been delayed for a long time, and recently the House Budget Committee approved decreased federal spending that would include rolling back on Medicaid. Among all payers for mental healthcare services, Medicaid is the largest.
Expanding mental healthcare services will require an increase in federal spending, but it is something worth investing in. A recent study showed that one in five American adults were diagnosed with a mental illness, and more than half of those diagnosed did not receive treatment. Mental health needs to be taken as seriously as physical health. Sign this petition and make sure that this reform bill bill passes.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The Senate has been devising a mental healthcare reform bill that may very likely reach the House. However, many representatives in the House oppose increasing the spending that would be necessary for this bill. It is understandable that they would like to decrease spending, but this bill would be a wise investment.
The bill will make community-based services more accessible to Americans, and will also make insurance providers cover mental healthcare at the same level as they do for physical healthcare. Mental illness is an epidemic that is affecting millions of Americans every day, and the majority of them cannot afford treatment.
This bill will do nothing but help many who are in need. Please use your influence to make sure that it passes.
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