As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction debated potential plans to reduce federal spending by over $1 trillion, National Council members made their voices heard in state and local media outlets, urging their Members of Congress to preserve funding for Medicaid and the behavioral health safety net.
The National Council would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of these individuals, whose letters to the editor were published in Michigan, California, and Massachusetts over the last month:
- “Cutting Medicaid will do America much more harm than good” A letter by David Camara, Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, published Oct. 22 in The Bakersfield Californian
- “Behavioral health and Medicaid cuts” A letter by Vic DiGravio, Massachusetts Association for Behavioral Healthcare, published Oct. 27 in the MetroWest Daily News
- “Congressional group must spare Medicaid” A letter by Cheri Jessup, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov.13 in the Tri-County Times Herald
- “Stand Against Cuts to Medicaid” A letter by Michael McCartan, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 15 in The Voice
- “Many rely on Medicaid” A letter by Marcella Cameron, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 16 in the Tri-City Times
- “Protect those in need” A letter by Linda Hawley, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 16 in The Voice
- “Loss of Medicaid funding would harm local economy” A letter by Debra Johnson, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 22 in the Tri-City Times
- “Community Counseling Endangered by Medicaid Cuts” A letter by Philip Shea, Community Counseling Center of Bristol County, published Nov. 21 in the Taunton Daily Gazette
- “Cutting Medicaid would be cruel to our county” A letter by Dr. Thomas Seilheimer, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 19 in the Tri-County Times Herald
Congressional offices pay close attention to state and local media as a pulse for public opinion in their districts. Letters to the editor show Congress the importance of these issues in your communities. Thank you for your advocacy!
If you didn’t get a chance to write a letter to the editor during the Supercommittee’s negotiations, don’t worry – the fight for Medicaid and behavioral health will continue as Congress decides what to do next in the aftermath of the Supercommittee’s failure. Stay tuned to our blog and to the Public Policy Update for the latest news, sample op-eds, and opportunities to get involved!