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Failed Health Bill Would Hurt Vulnerable People

Letter to the Editor, The Providence Journal, March 26, 2017

The health-care bill that went before the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday paired social injustice with fiscal irresponsibility.

Nearly one out of three people covered by the Medicaid expansion lives with a mental health or substance use condition. The proposed American Health Care Act would leave millions of people with mental health conditions without the Medicaid coverage they need to get well and stay well.

Nationwide, we are experiencing an opioid crisis and the highest suicide rate in 30 years. We should be helping individuals who live with mental illness to move toward hope and recovery, rather than pulling the rug out from underneath them. I am grateful that our Rhode Island delegation understands the true cost in dollars and human potential. May its voices be heard.

Cindy Elder

Providence

The writer is executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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