Our Statement on Senate Motion to Proceed Vote
MHP is deeply disappointed in the outcome of the Senate to raise a “motion to proceed”, and consider specific proposals to either repeal, or repeal and replace, the Affordable Care Act. The motion passed by a vote of 51 to 50 Tuesday afternoon, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
This vote puts individuals with a mental or behavioral health condition at risk, along with millions of low-income seniors, individuals with disAbilities, and other populations that rely on Medicaid to stay healthy.
Mental Health Partnerships President and CEO Michael Brody said of the motion “1 in 4 Pennsylvanians are living with a mental or behavioral health condition, and, as the main funder of behavioral health services, Medicaid has been the backbone of our healthcare system, allowing tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians to gain insurance, stay housed, employed and continue to be productive and dynamic members of society.”
Mental Health Partnerships Vice President of Advocacy, Alyssa Schatz notes concerns about the impact of Medicaid cuts on Pennsylvania’s economy stating “Cuts to Medicaid expansion, as a result of repealing the Affordable Care Act, would not only be devastating for those with mental or behavioral health conditions, but it would cost the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania an extra $7.6 billion dollars, forcing additional cuts to Medicaid eligibility, benefits and provider payments, and robbing our Commonwealth of the ability to provide critical and adequate care to those in need.”
The Senate will now debate and vote on a healthcare bill that has not yet been released to the public, or scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Mental Health Partnerships urges our elected representatives to support the behavioral health of their community and commit to voting no on Medicaid caps and cuts.