Bipartisan legislation that would include licensed marriage and family therapists, as well as licensed mental health counselors, as Medicare eligible providers has just been introduced in both the US House of Representatives and US Senate. The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2019, introduced in the House as H.R. 945 by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and in the Senate as S. 286 by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would add MFTs and MHCs as independent Medicare Part B practitioners.
Urge your Members of Congress to Support MFTs in Medicare
Now MFTs must encourage their Members of Congress to support MFTs and cosponsor H.R. 945 and S. 286. A strong showing of support increases the likelihood that the legislation will continue through the legislative process to become law. Tell Congress today to add MFTs in Medicare!
Additional Resources on MFTs in Medicare
AAMFT MFTs in Medicare Fact Sheet
Press Release from Representative Mike Thompson on H.R. 945
Press Release from Senator John Barrasso on S. 286