Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on several mental health bills. Among them was HR 945, The Mental Health Access Improvement Act, which would allow mental health counselors to bill Medicare for counseling services. This is a major step towards passage. However, we need to make sure that the bill is now included in a markup before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Contact your legislators today and tell them to include HR 945 in a markup!
Medicare coverage of mental health counselors has been a top legislative priority of NBCC's Government and Legislative Affairs Department for years. Providing Medicare recognition to mental health counselors will increase the public's access to addiction and mental health services, particularly in rural and underserved areas. This legislation would also be a major step toward gaining parity with other mental health professions.
We urge you to contact your representatives immediately and request that they include these bills in a markup.
The more contacts with legislators that we can generate, the greater likelihood we can finally get this bill passed. Use the tools below to call, email, and contact your legislators on social media.
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We also urge you to personalize the messages by sharing any experience you may have of turning away Medicare beneficiaries.
NBCC Government and Legislative Affairs Department