Statement on protecting funding for substance use disorder in ACA replacement bill
WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2017 – Yesterday, House Republicans released the American Healthcare Act, their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. The plan places a cap on federal Medicaid funding to states, which would increase the number of uninsured people and decrease access to critical health care benefits, such as treatment for substance use disorders.
Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, released this statement:
“Congress must ensure that any healthcare reform bill protects funding and access to substance use disorder treatment. The current bill does not carry the coverage and protections that millions of people in our communities so desperately need to survive.
“I applaud Senators Capito, Gardner, Murkowski and Portman for urging Majority Leader McConnell to protect Medicaid and federal funding to states that have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. I hope that other members of Congress recognize the importance of the life-saving resources made possible by federal funding and amend the current bill to protect access to treatment.”
About Gary Mendell:
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Gary is an experienced businessman and CEO, who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.