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Coalition News:

Healthcare Repeal Fails in the Senate - Stand Vigilant & Keep the Torch Burning!

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted three times to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”). First was a failed revote on the original Senate bill; next, a failed repeal without a replacement. Then, just before 2am on Friday, July 28, the “skinny repeal” failed, 49 votes to 51 votes, with a dramatic thumbs down from Senator John McCain. The defeat of the Senate bills is a victory for continued access to health and behavioral health care, and our highest appreciation goes to those of you who called, wrote, emailed, marched, made legislative visits to spread the word that the repeal and replace bills being proposed would decimate Medicaid and destroy the progress made in expanding access to healthcare under the ACA.

Unfortunately, we are not out of the storm just yet, as it is generally assumed that neither the ACA nor Medicaid is safe from further assault. We must be vigilant in our efforts and keep the torch burning. It is especially important that we continue to let our legislators know how important Medicaid and the ACA are to affordable and accessible care in the community, and the ability of providers to deliver the behavioral health services that consumers so urgently need.

Join us and other behavioral health advocates for the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day 2017 on October 2-3, in Washington, D.C.  Registering to participate is easy and will reserve your place with your state colleagues, Senators and Congressional representatives.

For more background on the value of Medicaid and the benefits of the ACA, please read the testimonyprepared by Christy Parque, President & CEO of The Coalition, for a hearing convened by NYC Public Advocate Letitia James on the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

The Coalition's Business Transformation Series Moves Forward

The Coalition continues our successful Business Transformation Initiative, funded by the New York Community Trust, enabling our network of members to forge ahead with Medicaid reform and the transformation to providing care under value-based payment. So far, members have participated in two forums: “Achieving Sustainability in a Complex Market,” on May 31, 2017; and “Assessing Your Risk” On June 27, 2017.

Additional opportunities for participating members will include eligibility to apply for ten hours of supportive, individualized mentorship by an expert consultant in a specialized area of need within  their organization.

Upcoming this fall, The Coalition will host three half-day workshops:

  • Affiliations and Partnerships on September 28
  • Measures and Performance on October 17
  • Working with Your Board on November 2

For more information, please contact


We invite you to continue reading the other news items from the Coalition this month.

Slides Available from The Coalition's Annual Conference: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities


  • Keynote: Looking Through the Federal Lens (Albeit Foggy!)
    Rebecca Farley, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

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  • Understanding Value in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Kristin Woodlock, CEO, Woodlock & Associates, LLC

  • The New Partnership Paradigm in Integrated Behavioral Health
    Facilitator: Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant, Sachs Policy Group

  • Use of Data, Information and Technology for Informed Decision Making
    Facilitator: John Kastan, Chief Program Officer, The Jewish Board

    Presentation 1 (David Woodlock - ICL)
    Presentation 2 (Traci Donnelly - The Child Center of New York)
    Presentation 3 (Daniel Farrell - HELP USA)
    Presentation 4 (Virna Little - The Institute for Family Health)

To view:

The full agenda: click here.

Photos from the conference: click here.

Our press release for the conference: click here.

A list of our sponsors & vendors, click here.