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RCPA has signed on to a multi-association letter being sent to the PA congressional delegation in Washington, DC urging legislators to carefully evaluate any effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), given the critical need to maintain funding for the current Pennsylvania Medicaid program and to protect the vulnerable citizens who rely on Medicaid for critical and necessary care.

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“RCPA is a member of the National Council and we received this urgent request regarding the ACA.  Whether or not your agency is part of the National Council, we ask that you seriously consider joining this effort.” – Richard S. Edley, RCPA President/CEO

Last night, an amendment to the American Health Care Act was released, providing a concrete sign that Congress is again working on legislation that would gut federal investment in Medicaid and devastate Americans’ mental health and addiction coverage and care.

In addition to restructuring Medicaid and shifting over $800 billion in costs to states, the revised version of the American Health Care Act directly targets provisions that are important to mental health and addiction advocates, including: rolling back essential health benefits, eliminating protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions and widening the gap in primary and behavioral health parity. For millions of individuals, these provisions would mean restricted access to Medicaid, restricted access to affordable coverage and restricted access to lifesaving mental health and addictions treatment.

Please take 2 minutes today and urge your legislators to oppose the revised American Health Care Act. Click here to get started!

Thank you to all National Council advocates who have engaged with us this year. We are asking that you continue to join us in uniting for behavioral health and ensuring that every American has the mental health and addiction care they need.


Chuck Ingoglia
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement
National Council for Behavioral Health

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A little known, but vital provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides free health insurance for former foster youth. These young adults are eligible for Medicaid until age 26, regardless of their income, provided they were in foster care at age 18 or older and also enrolled in Medicaid. An estimated 6,000+ young adults in Pennsylvania may be eligible for this coverage, but only about 900 have signed up for it. Many former foster youth have substantial health care needs and are very unlikely to have insurance. Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Law Center (JLC) has developed materials to help community providers reach out to and inform current and former foster youth that you may be serving in your programs.

Visit the JLC website to download flyers and other informational resources on the ACA provision. View and share the JLC’s 30-second public service announcement on free health insurance for former foster youth.

May is Foster Care Month. What better time to help foster youth get the vital health care that all young people need? If you have any questions or want more information, contact Jenny Pokempner at JLC.