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APA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO HOUSE, SENATE TAX BILLS

On Thursday, November 16, APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D., issued the following statement in response to several critical measures in the tax bills making their way through the House and Senate:

“Congress needs to take action to increase health insurance coverage and make coverage more affordable. Repealing the individual mandate would take our country in the wrong direction on both of these goals. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the mandate will result in 13 million fewer people with health insurance coverage in 2027 than would be the case under current law. While some of these 13 million people may forgo purchasing insurance they do not believe they need, many will become uninsured because average premiums in the individual health insurance market would increase by about 10 percent, pricing needed coverage out of their reach. Strong, stable health insurance markets are vitally important to our members and to the millions of Americans with mental health and substance use disorders.”  Click here for the complete statement.


STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTINGS

APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D., issued the statement below in response to the Texas church shooting on November 5 and President Donald Trump’s assertion the incident was a “mental health problem”:

“The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. A complex combination of risk factors, including a history of domestic violence, violent misdemeanor crimes, and substance use disorders, increases the likelihood of people using a firearm against themselves or others.

“Firearm prohibitions for these high-risk groups have been shown to reduce gun violence. The suspect in this case, Devin Patrick Kelley, exhibited several of these red flags.”

Click here to read the full statement.


APA ANNUAL SURVEY – STRESS IN AMERICA™: THE STATE OF OUR NATION

On November 1, 2017, APA released the results of its Stress in America survey. As many of you know, the findings of this annual survey are usually released in February. (The survey was fielded in August.) However, upon reviewing the results and seeing how strongly they tied into the current political climate, APA decided that from a news cycle perspective, releasing the outcomes now was appropriate. The full report (PDF file), along with additional information, media coverage, interviews with APA CEO Dr. Arthur Evans and more is available at the Press Room of the Stress in America survey: www.stressinamerica.org.

Highlights from Stress in America: The State of Our Nation include:

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent).
  • More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember – a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • When asked to think about the nation this year, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report that the current social divisiveness causes them stress. A majority of adults from both political parties say the future of the nation is a source of stress, though the number is significantly higher for Democrats (73 percent) than for Republicans (56 percent) and independents (59 percent).

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