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#AHCAlypse

#AHCAlypse

The #AHCAlypse campaign is a social media effort that aims to educate the public and policymakers about the impact of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) on mental health and addiction treatment.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the AHCA will result in the loss of health care coverage for 23 million Americans, leaving 51 million individuals without insurance by the year 2026. Given the waiver offered to states for essential health benefits, costs for those with preexisting conditions could become prohibitively expensive, putting care out of reach for those dealing with these concerns. 14 million of the 23 million individuals expected to lose their health care will be a result of the nearly $1 trillion cut to Medicaid. This cut devastates those receiving treatment for substance use disorder or mental health issues. The AHCA would also cause premiums for seniors to skyrocket, eating up the little disposable income many in the elderly community have.

To encourage engagement and conversation about the impact of AHCA on mental illness and addiction, groups from across the United States have developed this online campaign. We encourage you to share your message on your social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn

What You Can Do
-Follow/Like us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest from the campaign. https://twitter.com/AHCAlypse
- Post messages and shareables to your social media. Samples are below.
-Share the toolkit with your network
-Use #AHCAlypse in social media posts to spread the message

Background
The House health care reform bill, AHCA, has many families and communities worried about its impact on those with mental illness, substance use disorders, pre-existing conditions and many other health care needs. The changes to Medicaid and pre-existing conditions protections are particularly important to those with substance use disorders and mental health conditions.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the AHCA will result in the loss of health care coverage for 23 million Americans, leaving 51 million individuals without insurance by the year 2026. Given the waiver offered to states for essential health benefits, costs for those with preexisting conditions could become prohibitively expensive, putting care out of reach for those dealing with these concerns. 14 million of the 23 million individuals expected to lose their health care will be a result of the nearly $1 trillion cut to Medicaid. This cut devastates those receiving treatment for substance use disorder or mental health issues. The AHCA would also cause premiums for seniors to skyrocket, eating up the little disposable income many in the elderly community have.

As you may know, Medicaid expansion covers 1.29 million low-income people with substance use disorders. In the United States we have a treatment access issue:
 While roughly 22 million individuals are in need of treatment related to drugs or
alcohol, only 10% receive it.
 29% of people who receive their health insurance through Medicaid expansion either have a mental illness or a substance use disorder or both; and Medicaid pays for between 30-50% of all medication-assisted treatment nationwide.
 In addition, States hardest hit by the opioid epidemic would be at greatest risk for coverage reductions if Medicaid expansion is repealed

Sample Facebook Post
The new data from CBO on the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) is more than alarming. In fact, it’s apocalyptic for those with mental illness and substance use disorders. Take action today to protect treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/57764-ahcalypse-campaign #AHCAlypse.

Sample Tweets
What is the #AHCAlypse? The end of the world for #addiction treatment. Fight back. https://ctt.ec/4ocd4
What is the #AHCAlypse? The end of the world for #mentalhealth treatment. Fight back. https://ctt.ec/40R1d
What is the #AHCAlypse? The end of the world for #pre-existing conditions. Fight back. https://ctt.ec/fI5wj
What is the #AHCAlypse? The end of the world for treatment for those addicted to #opioids. Fight back. https://ctt.ec/18F96
What is the #AHCAlypse? The end of the world for those in #recovery. Fight back. https://ctt.ec/CZQ9e
Medicaid accounts for 25% of all #mentalhealth spending in the U.S. Fight back. #AHCAlypse https://ctt.ec/Wck6y
Medicaid accounts for 21% of all substance use disorder expenditures in the US. #AHCAlypse #addiction https://ctt.ec/c0_dm
29% of people in the Medicaid expansion either have a #mentalillness or a substance use disorder. #AHCAlypse https://ctt.ec/S0xWc
#AHCA would cut $4.5 billion per year from #mentalhealth and substance use treatment. #AHCAlypse https://ctt.ec/FquJe
#AHCA leaves 51 million people without insurance by the year 2026. #AHCAlypse https://ctt.ec/Us1jy

Sample Talking Points
 The new data from Office (CBO) on the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) is more than alarming, it’s apocalyptic.
 This “AHCAlypse” is especially dangerous for those with mental illness and substance use disorders.
 Repealing the Medicaid expansion would cut $4.5 billion per year from mental health and substance use treatment
 30% of adults dealing with opioid addiction get coverage through Medicaid. (Kaiser)
 We ask that you work to protect treatment for addiction in health care reform efforts to ensure individuals get the treatment they need and prevent the #AHCAlypse.

Sample Blog Post
The new data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) is more than alarming, it’s apocalyptic. The hastily crafted legislation, passed before the impact on Americans was even considered, is especially damaging for those with mental illness and substance use disorders.
 In 2014, spending by Medicaid accounted for 25% of all mental health spending in the U.S.
 In 2014, Medicaid accounted for 21% of all substance use disorder expenditures in the U.S.
 Approximately 29% of enrollees in the Medicaid expansion either have a mental illness, or a substance use disorder, or both.
 Medicaid pays for between 30-50% of medication-assisted treatment in Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and West Virginia, among other states.
 Repealing the Medicaid expansion would cut $4.5 billion per year from mental health and substance use treatment
 30% of adults dealing with opioid addiction get coverage through Medicaid. (Kaiser)

We ask that you work to protect treatment for mental illness, addiction and any health care reform efforts to ensure individuals get the treatment they need. You can help prevent the #AHCAlypse.