Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

Rep. McSally Secures $15 Billion in the AHCA for Maternity Care, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Mental Health Care

March 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Representatives Martha McSally (AZ-02) worked with House Republican Leadership and the Trump Administration to further improve the American Health Care Act (AHCA). She successfully negotiated to provide states, through the Patient and State Stability Fund, with supplemental funding so they have the ability to obtain additional resources that will provide new mothers and those struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders access to care while the nation transitions to the new health care system. House leadership and the White House has agreed to incorporate these changes into the AHCA.

Representative McSally said, “The amendment we successfully negotiated today is another important win for families. It secures an additional $15 billion to offer crucial care for mothers and their newborns, and for those who struggle with mental health disorders and substance abuse. The Affordable Care Act simply isn’t working, and this victory is another step in the right direction. By giving the states support to implement a smooth and stable transition, this amendment will prevent individuals who need healthcare the most from slipping through the cracks. We aren’t landing a helicopter, we are landing a 747, and we need a lot of runway to ensure a smooth transition to a system that lowers costs, expands choice, and increases quality of care. This amendment lengthens that runway.”

Speaker Ryan stated, “Today we accepted this additional amendment to the AHCA which includes funds for mental health, maternity, and substance abuse care. I am thankful for Rep. McSally’s idea and leadership on this initiative. Her involvement continues to improve this bill.”

Inclusion of this language builds on changes that Rep. McSally fought to include in amendments to the AHCA earlier this week that provide a smoother transition to the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare system and additional resources for our most vulnerable citizens.

Additionally, these changes are another step towards fixing our broken mental health care system—a multi-year effort that saw a major leap forward with passage of the 21st Century Cures healthcare reform package that included a major piece of Congresswoman McSally’s Mental Health and Safe Communities Act. The provisions included help expand assistance to individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, provide support to mentally-ill offenders re-entering the community, and improve training for law enforcement to better identify and respond to instances involving mental illness.