ARLINGTON, Va. — Following today’s announcement that the Senate version of the tax bill contains an amendment revoking the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:
“We are deeply disappointed that some members of Congress are attempting yet again to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Removal of the individual mandate as part of a tax bill will mean that 13 million Americans will lose their health insurance by 2027. We call upon Congress to write comprehensive health care legislation, debated through our legislative process, that doesn’t harm the nation and keeps the promise that no one, including those with mental health or substance use disorders, will be at risk of not having coverage and losing their access to health care.”
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.