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ACA Repeal: 272,000 Texans’ Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services Care Will Be Ripped Away

Austin, TX --  More than 4 million Americans with serious mental illness or a substance use disorder would lose some or all of their insurance coverage when Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Harvard Medical School and New York University data analysis shows that repealing the ACA would have tragic consequences for millions of Americans. [Harvard Medical School, February 2017]

In the Lone Star State, 2.55 million Texans would lose health coverage, including 272,069 Texans suffering from mental illness or substance use disorder who will lose critical mental health services made available by the ACA.

Read more from Harvard Medical School Health Economics Professor Richard Frank and New York University Dean Sherry Glied here. 

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texans will die because Republicans are rushing to score political points with their base.

“When Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, they will be ripping away insurance coverage from hard working Texas families and critical mental health services from some of the most vulnerable among us.

“Minority President Donald Trump is hell bent on repeal, but the majority of Americans are saying hell no.

What’s at stake for Texans?

  • 2.55 million Texans would lose health coverage, a 58 percent increase in the number of uninsured. [Urban Institute]

  • Texans would lose $46 billion in federal financial assistance through the insurance marketplaces from 2019 to 2028, leading to a dramatic spike in the number of uninsured. [Urban Institute]

  • 61,463 Texans with mental illness or substance use disorder would lose access to critical health care services. This includes 65,559 Texans with a serious mental illness and 152,971 with a substance use disorder who are covered through the Marketplaces. Texas did not participate in the Medicaid expansion. [Harvard Medical School]

  • Texas filled over half as many opioid prescriptions as there are people with 573 opioid prescriptions per 1000 population. [Harvard Medical School]

  • 913,177 Texans would lose an average monthly advanced premium tax credit of $271 which currently helps them pay for insurance [Kaiser Family Foundation]

  • Texans would lose $17 billion in federal Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding, currently providing lifelines to 4.77 million Texans. [Urban Institute, Kaiser Family Foundation]

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