By Alana Horowitz Satlin
March 18, 2017
President Donald Trump indicated in his first federal budget that his
administration is committed to investing in programs that tackle mental
illness, but the health care legislation he and Republican lawmakers are
championing suggests otherwise.
House Republicans released the American Health Care Act earlier this month.
It proposes slashing $880 billion to Medicaid, which is the largest payer of
mental health services in the country, as well as removing the requirement
that Medicaid plans cover mental health and phasing out the programs
expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary
Tom Price has previously advocated for reducing federal funding of the