Thresholds Joins Statewide Coalition Calling on Elected Officials to “Protect Our Care” and Stand Against Healthcare Repeal and Medicaid Caps
CHICAGO, IL – Today, Thresholds is pleased to be among the more than 50 organizations launching Protect Our Care Illinois, a statewide coalition of healthcare providers and advocates dedicated to preserving healthcare coverage and preventing caps to Medicaid. Protect Our Care Illinois is calling on our members of Congress to ensure that all Illinoisans have access to the care they need.
Earlier this year Congress took initial steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. As one of Illinois’ largest and longest serving community-based mental health and substance use treatment providers, Thresholds recognizes what an historic step forward the ACA has been for those living with mental health and substance use conditions. The landmark legislation did not simply expand healthcare coverage – it also established critical protections that ensure coverage for life-saving mental health and substance use treatment.
The repeal and replacement plan released by House Republican leadership last week not only jeopardizes the healthcare coverage of some 1.2 million Illinoisans newly insured under the ACA, including an estimated 348,000 living with mental health and substance use conditions, it also rolls back the clock on countless other critical protections. Among the protections at stake for those living with mental health and substance use conditions if Congressional Republicans continue to pursue repeal:
- Coverage for low-income individuals through Medicaid
- Prohibition on the denial of coverage because of a pre-existing condition
- Elimination of lifetime and annual limits
- Mandatory coverage of treatment by all insurance plans
Protect Our Care Illinois coalition members urge Illinois’ Representatives in Congress to publicly oppose a repeal of the ACA and any Medicaid block grant or per capita cap proposal. Both would disrupt access to care for millions and cause a devastating ripple effect throughout the healthcare system. Either block grants or per capita caps will result in federal spending cuts to Medicaid, limiting access to care and leaving Illinois unprepared to address the heroin and opioid epidemic as well as the unmet need for mental health treatment.
Illinoisans deserve better.
Thresholds is a lead organization for the Protect Our Care Illinois coalition along with: Access Living, ACLU of Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, EverThrive Illinois, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Heartland Alliance, Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Legal Council for Health Justice, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.
For more information on the coalition, visit www.protectourcareil.org and follow the conversation on Twitter (@ProtectILCare) and Facebook (@ProtectOurCareIL). Use the hashtag #ProtectOurCareIL to join in the discussion.
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