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.

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