ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today expressed its relief that the Graham-Cassidy bill, legislation that would have greatly harmed our patients, is not going to the Senate floor. GOP Senate leadership announced today that it did not have the votes to proceed.
“We are grateful that the bill did not garner enough votes to pass the Senate,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We strongly urge Congress to set aside this effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and instead work on a bipartisan solution that strengthens and stabilizes the insurance exchange markets, ensures that substance use disorder and mental health illnesses remain essential benefits covered by all insurers and protects patients with pre-existing conditions. We stand ready to offer our expertise to put the patients first in future health care legislation.”
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. 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.