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Petitioning North Carolina State House and 31 others

North Carolina General Assembly: Protect access to Mental Health in NC!

Help us stop restrictions on mental health medications for North Carolina's Medicaid patients.  Restricting access to mental health medicines could: threaten patient health; interfere with a doctor's recommended treatment regimen; increase potential for homelessness, violence and incarceration; and, raise Medicaid costs in the long term for the state.

Letter to
North Carolina State House
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Mark W. Hollo
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable D. Craig Horn
and 29 others
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Chuck McGrady
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Hugh Blackwell
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable N. Leo Daughtry
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Pat B. Hurley
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable James L. Boles, Jr.
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable John Faircloth
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Roger West
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Pat McElraft
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable George G. Cleveland
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Rayne Brown
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Jason Saine
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Tim Moore
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Marilyn Avila
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable William D. Brisson
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina Governor
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Peter Brunstetter
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Harry Brown
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Neal Hunt
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Tom Apodaca
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Bill Rabon
North Carolina Senate The Honorable Ralph Hise
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Nelson Dollar
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Justin P. Burr
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Linda P. Johnson
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Bryan R. Holloway
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable John A. Torbett
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable Phil Shepard
North Carolina House of Representatives The Honorable David R. Lewis
Please stand up for patients and vote against plans in the state budget to eliminate the protections for access to mental health medicines for Medicaid recipients.

Limiting access to mental health medicines could have serious consequences for North Carolina's mentally ill, the general public and the state budget. Finding the right medicine to treat a mental illness takes a great deal of time and effort for a doctor and a patient. When the right medicine is found it can mean the difference between living a full, productive life and living a secluded, desperate existence. Prior authorization would put the power of choosing that medicine in the hands of the state, not the doctors and health care professionals that have been trained to effectively treat mental illness.

Any change in a medication can lead to a patient missing scheduled meds or not taking them at all. When a similar idea was passed in Maine, Medicaid saw nearly a 20% risk of patients going over 30 days without their medicine. (Health Affairs) This leads to personal mental health problems and societal problems like homelessness and violent crimes.

Finally, using prior authorization as a short term solution to save money only raises costs in the future. When patients aren't receiving their medicines correctly, the state will instead incur costs for doctor visits, emergency visits, hospital stays and incarceration.

I hope that you agree with me that a short-term $15 million savings is not worth the devastating effects that this legislation will have on patients, society and long-term state budgets. Please vote against prior authorizing mental health medicines.