Dear CSWA Affiliated Society Members,
I wanted to give you an update on where the Affordable Care Act stands at this moment.
As you know, the lat attempt to repeal the ACA failed two days ago when Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell announced he would not be bringing the Graham-Cassidy bill for a vote because it would not pass.
There are two more days for the Senate to pass a bill to repeal with only 50 votes. On October 1, the number of votes needed will become 60 due to a technicality in Senate rules. It is unlikely that another bill will be proposed and/or pass in two days.
The President has been discussing his intention to create an Executive Order to allow insurers to sell health care plans across state lines. Whether this would change the way that the ACA works is unclear. The lack of marketing for the ACA whose enrollment period starts on October 1 may affect the numbers of people who enroll as will the cutting of funds for the "navigators" who have helped guide enrollees through the system. But it is likely that the ACA will continue in spite of the barriers to becoming enrolled.
Please contact the Senators who made the continuation of the ACA possible, Sens. McCain, Collins, and Paul, as well as your own Democratic senators. You can find numbers and emails at www.senate.gov/members . Here is a sample message: "I am a constituent [if you are] and a member of the Clinical Social Work Association. I am writing to thank you for your refusal to let the Affordable Care Act be repealed, which would have harmed millions of Americans by taking away their health care insurance. Your support of the ACA shows the best of our country's values and hopefully our ability to continue to help everyone get the health care they need."
As always. let me know when you have sent your messages, and thank you for doing your part these many months to protect access to mental health treatment and health care in general.
Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
The National Voice of Clinical Social Work
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