Letter from the Mayor Mental Health Coalition to Congress

By Mayor Adler

Today, I and the mayors signed below sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voicing our concerns about the new American Health Care Act. Specifically, the AHCA would:

eliminate health care coverage for 24 million Americans; eliminate Medicaid Expansion, which covers 1.2 million Americans with serious mental illness and
substance misuse issues; eliminate the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) requirement in Medicaid, which means states could eliminate coverage for mental health and substance misuse treatment; cut federal funding to Medicaid through the use of a per capita cap or block grant, which would severely
limit mental health treatment given that the majority of behavioral health spending comes via Medicaid; create a 30% surcharge penalty for individuals who have a gap in coverage, which would directly affect those suffering from mental illness and addiction who are at greater risk for prolonged gaps coverage; eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF); allow states to exempt themselves from covering mental health and addiction treatment; and weaken parity by allowing large employers to choose minimum benefit requirements from any state

We hope that by joining together we can solve these issues and save Americans from losing their healthcare. To read the whole letter click here

The mayors who make up the Mayor Mental Health Coalition are signed below.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, NY
Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York, NY
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, IL
Slyvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, TX
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, TX
Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, CA
Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, TX
Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, CA
Andrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus, OH
Jennifer Roberts, Mayor of Charlotte, NC
Wayne Hall, Mayor of Hempstead, NY
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC
Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle, WA
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO
Martin Walsh, Mayor of Boston, MA
Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, OR
Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, AZ
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento, CA
Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, CA
Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO
John Giles, Mayor of Mesa, AZ
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA
Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN
Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, LA
Kirk Caldwell, Mayor of Honolulu, HI
Lyda Krewson, Mayor of St. Louis, MO
William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA
Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor of Anchorage, AK
Paula Hicks-Hudson, Mayor of Toledo, OH
Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond, VA
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, FL
Steve Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, NJ
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, KY
Pete Saenz, Mayor of Laredo, TX
Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, WI
Hillary Schieve, Mayor of Reno, NV
David Bieter, Mayor of Boise, ID
William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, AL
Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, NY
Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, WA
Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron, OH
Mark Stodala, Mayor of Little Rock, AR
Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, FL
Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN
Joseph Petty, Mayor of Worcester, MA
Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Providence, RI
Mark Mitchell, Mayor of Tempe, AZ
Frank Ortis, Mayor of Pembroke Pines, FL
Dom Sarno, Mayor of Springfield, MA
Allison Silberberg, Mayor of Alexandria, VA
Mark Holland, Mayor of Kansas City, KS
Joseph Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport, CT
Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY
Virgil Bernero, Mayor of Lansing, MI
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH
Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC
John Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston, SC
Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford, CT
Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA
Denise Simmons, Mayor of Cambridge, MA
Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond, CA
Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, FL
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint, MI
Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, NY
Ted Winterer, Mayor of Santa Monica, CA
Michael Ryan, Mayor of Sunrise, FL
Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara, CA
Pauline Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro, CA
Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, MA
Jim Donchess, Mayor of Nashua, NH
John Hamilton, Mayor of Bloomington, IN
William Wild, Mayor of Westland, MI
Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, NY
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, IN
Ken Rosenberg, Mayor of Mountain View, CA
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo, MI
Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, IL
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, NM
John Engen, Mayor of Missoula, MT
Richard Thomas, Mayor of Mt. Vernon, NY
Robb Davis, Mayor of Davis, CA
George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie, IL
John McNally, Mayor of Youngstown, OH
Brian Blad, Mayor of Pocatello, ID
Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ
Curtistene McCowan, Mayor of DeSoto, TX
Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
Brian Wahler, Mayor of Piscataway, NJ
Kim Bracey, Mayor of York, PA
Laurel Prussing, Mayor of Urbana, IL
Joseph McElveen, Mayor of Sumter, SC
Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, MA
John Heilman, Mayor of West Hollywood, CA
Karen Alexander, Mayor of Salisbury, NC
Tony Yarber, Mayor of Jackson, MS
Joe Baldacci, Mayor of Bangor, ME
Jacob Day, Mayor of Salisbury, MD
Patrick Wojahn, Mayor of College Park, MD
Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY
Josh Moenning, Mayor of Norfolk, NE
Karen Majewski, Mayor of Hamtramck, MI
Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, NC
James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls, RI
Gary Herzig, Mayor of Oneonta, NY
Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford, MA
Charlene Lovett, Mayor of Claremont, NH
Liz Lempert, Mayor of Princeton, NJ
Dana Hilliard, Mayor of Somersworth, NH
Marcus Muhamad, Mayor of Benton Harbor, MI
Dominic Stampone, Mayor of Haledon, NJ
Shawn Hogan, Mayor of Hornell, NY
Ted Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, GA
John Hollar, Mayor of Montpeiler, VT
Peter Lindstrom, Mayor of Falcon Heights, MN
American Counseling Association
National Council for Behavioral Health