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Thanks to all the many members who have sent messages to their legislators.
As you may have seen, the latest effort to pass the American Health Care Act which would have had a very negative impact on access to mental health treatment, was not voted on. It is unclear when or if a bill that can get enough votes to pass will be created.
At this point, you can keep letting your legislators know that CSWA wants a bill which will protect the essential health benefits; continue the expansion of Medicaid; keep covering pre-existing conditions; avoid increased premiums for older Americans not eligible for Medicare; and maintain mental health parity. But until we see what the next bill looks like it is difficult to respond with specifics.
Thanks again for your help.
Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
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