The COVID-19 public health emergency spurred a dramatic expansion in coverage of telehealth services by both public and private health insurance programs. Audio-only mental and behavioral health services are an effective tool to extend mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations and in geographic areas that have traditionally lacked access to broadband Internet services. However, some telehealth coverage expansions for mental health services will last only through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. During the 2021 APASI Advocacy Summit, psychologists asked their members of Congress to 1) support permanent Medicare coverage of audio-only tele-behavioral health services and the removal of the in-person service requirement; and 2) co-sponsor the Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act (S. 660 / H.R. 2264) in the Senate and the House.
Please take a moment to contact your members of Congress to amplify this message.
In sending an email, please take a moment to edit the subject line of your email, and to personalize the first sentence or two of your email describing why telehealth and audio-only coverage of mental health services are so important. We encourage you to share any personal examples you have of how these services have helped you care for your patients.