The American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and the
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) are working in collaboration with the Medicare Mental Health
Workforce Coalition to urge your organization and your members to Contact Congress Today in support of passing the:
MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS IMPROVEMENT ACT (S.828/H.R. 432)
Passing the Mental Health Access Improvement Act would provide:
Where Are We Now:
YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PROFESSION:
Over the past decade we, along with partner organizations, have advocated for the successful passage of this bill. The bill has passed in both the House and Senate previously, but it has never happened at the same time. This is the firstcongressional session where passage of this bill in both chambers of Congress is realistic.
For bill passage to happen, we need you to advocate for this bill. There are two major steps you must take:
The benefit that constituents in the state will have once the Mental Health Access Improvement Act passes.
The Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 828/H.R.432) would close the gap in federal law that prevents MHCs/LPCs and LMFTs from being recognized as Medicare providers. The legislation would give Medicare beneficiaries immediate access to over more than 225,000 additional licensed mental health professionals and help close the widening treatment gap.
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR STATES SENATE STAFFER(s) IN SUPPORT OF INCLUSION OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM
|Marco Rubio||FL||202-224-3041||*Will Green (Leg Asst)
*James Hitchcock (Leg Asst)
*Caleb Seibert (Leg Asst)
*Connor Tomlinson (Leg Asst)