Julie Clements, deputy director for regulatory affairs in APA's Department of Government Relations, stated that "we support
the secretary's requirement that any innovative state programs substituting for Affordable Care Act provisions must still
satisfy the ACA's goals of coverage, cost-sharing, and comprehensive benefits. These requirements preclude the waiver program
from being a means to circumvent the goals of ACA regarding coverage, cost-sharing, and comprehensiveness." APA will likely
submit brief comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reiterating support for the goals of ACA and the hope
that states that "do innovate will go above and beyond the more positive aspects of the ACA and how it treats mental health."