ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement from CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., in response to the Senate voting down a bill that would have partially repealed the Affordable Care Act:
“With today’s vote, psychiatrists and other health providers can thank the Senate that our patients will not lose access to health care. The American Psychiatric Association has repeatedly reached out to members of Congress to express our concerns that proposed bills in the House and Senate would take away treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as reduce the number of people with health insurance.
“There are challenges with our current health care system that Congress can and must address to improve the system overall. We need to stabilize health insurance markets and make sure all Americans have options to purchase comprehensive insurance at affordable rates, as well as continued access to mental health and substance use disorder services. The APA stands ready to work with members of Congress on sustainable solutions so that every American has access to quality health care, including mental health care.”
The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.