Important Advocacy Alert sent from our colleagues at NYAPRS

The House has passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and now all
eyes have turned to the Senate. Of the many provisions in the Senate
version of this tax reform bill, the National Council has

The House has passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and now all
eyes have turned to the Senate. Of the many provisions in the Senate
version of this tax reform bill, the National Council has concerns with
several that will have a direct impact on mental health and addiction
organizations’ ability to provide life-saving services and Americans’
ability to receive them.

With a vote expected in the coming weeks, the National Council is calling
on its advocacy network to mobilize and prevent potential devastating
proposals to become law. The chief concerns include:

Protecting itemized deductions to preserve charitable giving, which
could see a staggering loss of $13 billion annually if the standard
deduction is doubled. Charitable giving is a critical revenue source for
community behavioral health organizations;
Preserving the medical expense deduction which keeps costs low for
those with costly chronic conditions; and
Preventing the repeal of the health law’s individual mandate, a key
component of the Affordable Care Act that helps lower premiums and fund
comprehensive insurance plans which include mental health and addiction
services.

Will you take time today to urge your Senators to oppose the Tax Cuts and
Jobs Act and preserve health care for millions of Americans?

As we have throughout this year, the National Council is calling on its
robust and energetic advocacy networks to speak up and urge your Senators
to “Vote NO” on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Together, we can protect the
gains made over the last decade and secure a strong future for community
behavioral health organizations.

Sincerely,

Chuck Ingoglia
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement
National Council for Behavioral Health

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