September 30, 2013 - The Senate Finance Committee solicited the views of the mental health community on Medicare and Medicaid issues and Joel E. Miller, AMHCA executive director and CEO, has provided comments on mental health counselors' concerns with Medicare. Read the complete letter.
AMHCA’s letter addresses older adults' mental health needs, lack of access to services in rural and underserved areas, Medicare inefficiency, and addressing the needs of underserved minority populations. AMHCA emphasized, “The single greatest statutory barrier that prevents Medicare beneficiaries from obtaining mental health and behavioral health care is the exclusion of LMHCs and MFTs from participating in the program.” Miller also addressed the positive effects, both in terms of care and costs, of beneficiary access to mental health care. “When patients have access to LMHCs or MFTs, the demonstrated patient outcomes are highly cost effective," he wrote.”