Throughout the year, we’ve asked Congress to stop health reform efforts that would hurt Americans with mental illness—and we’ve urged them to forge bipartisan solutions to stabilize the health insurance markets.
We have good news: Congress listened.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a bipartisan agreement to help keep insurance markets sound and more affordable. If this bill passes, it will help protect mental health coverage for Americans with mental illness.
The Alexander-Murray bill will also keep vital patient protections in place, including stopping health plans from:
- Dropping coverage of mental health and substance use
- Charging higher premiums if an individual has a preexisting condition, like depression or anxiety
- Charging more simply because a person has a mental health or substance use condition
The Alexander-Murray bill will strengthen and stabilize the health care system, reducing the risk of sharp premium increases and lack of insurance options. It maintains important cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies and financial assistance, which help low- and middle-income people pay for out-of-pocket costs and insurance premiums.
Your continued advocacy matters.
Contact your senators and tell them to support this bipartisan effort and protect mental health coverage for millions of Americans.