“Sequestration” — that arcane term that came into the national lexicon when Congress passed the 2011 Budget Control Act mandating across-the-board cuts to government-funded programs — may have dropped from conversation, but it is still a reality, with large funding cuts scheduled to hit programs in 2016 and 2017.

Those cuts will exact a very real toll on general health and mental health programs and on Americans who rely on treatment and research that is dependent on government funding, a forum convened by the National Coalition for Health Funding (NCHF) told members of Congress during a July hearing. 

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