By Alana Horowitz Satlin

March 18, 2017

 

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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 program’s

expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary

Tom Price has previously advocated for reducing federal funding of the

program, too.