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Tell Congress to Include Medicare Coverage of Counselors in Opioid Crisis Legislation!

Don't let Congress abandon America's senior citizens!  NBCC is partnering with AAMFT, ABHW, ACA, AMHCA, CAMFT, and NCBH to provide Medicare coverage for counselors.

As you know, our country is experiencing a terrible crisis as thousands of Americans have become addicted to opioids. Congress is drafting legislation to combat this epidemic, but as they move this legislation forward, they have failed to fully protect Medicare beneficiaries.

None of the legislation currently considered would allow Medicare beneficiaries to seek treatment from Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists for their addiction!

One of the fastest growing segments of the population becoming addicted to opioids are Medicare beneficiaries. By leaving out MHCs and MFTs, Congress is denying Medicare patient's access to 40% of the behavioral health workforce!

We are in a crisis, and we need every available counselor to be mobilized and accessible to everyone suffering from this horrible addiction. That's why Congress must include H.R. 3032/S. 1879 in any legislative package they pass. H.R. 3032/S. 1879 authorizes MHCs and MFTs to serve as Medicare providers. It's a common-sense bill which can help many Americans in their time of need.

Contact your Senator and Representative today and demand they include H.R. 3032/S. 1879 in any opioid package!

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