Most of us don’t realize that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has for the first time provided mental health and drug abuse treatment as a right for people who need it. It does so by including these as one of ten essential health benefits included under this legislation.
Specifically, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage for ambulatory services, hospitalization, emergency services, maternity and newborn care, rehabilitative services, and others provisions. If an adequate replacement for the ACA is not put in place, nearly 2.8 million will lose eligibility for substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment.
These are the people who society cares for least. The part of the ACA that now protects them will be the first to be cast aside when the debate about how to replace this legislation gets underway. Clergy and others of religious faith have a special obligation to speak out on their behalf.
CNDP urges both clergy persons and lay leaders to join in the attached Call to Action. Share this message with others and take action by clicking the image above or the button below.