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Don't let Congress abandon America's senior citizens!

AMHCA Is Partnering with AAMFT, ABHW, ACA, CAMFT, and NCBH to Provide Medicare Coverage for Licensed Mental Health Counselors As you know, our country is experiencing a terrible crisis as thousands of Americans have become addicted to opioids. Congress is drafting legislation to combat this...


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Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act and Mental Health Counselor Inclusion

In addition to AMHCA’s legislative strategy on passing bills that will allow clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to receive fee-for-service reimbursement from Medicare, we have been pursuing a second strategy or parallel advocacy effort for CMHCs to receive reimbursement through new...


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Congressman Buchanan Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis Including Ability for Mental Health Counselors to Bill Medicare

Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) announced at a news conference that he is proposing to introduce the Opioid Emergency Response Act . The proposed measure is a combination of seven different bills that have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to address the opioid...


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Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act and Mental Health Counselor Inclusion

In addition to AMHCA’s legislative strategy on passing bills that will allow clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to receive fee-for-service reimbursement from Medicare, we have been pursuing a second strategy or parallel advocacy effort for CMHCs to receive reimbursement through new...


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AARP Strongly Supports Medicare Recognition for Clinical Mental Health Counselors; Diplomate Program Offers Geriatric Specialist Credential

Over the last several months, AMHCA staff have been working closely with AARP governmental relations staff representatives to secure their support -- working with the Medicare Access Coalition -- for our Medicare provider recognition bills for mental health counselors namely, S. 1879 and H.R....


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Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Medicare Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

This week, Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-1) has introduced H.R.4097 -- The Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act. The new House bill would require Part D coverage of medication assisted treatment (MAT), including sub-oxone and buprenorphine for seniors with opioid...


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House to Move Mental Health Provisions in Cures Bill

Today the U.S. House is expected to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation to increase funding for NIH research and to fight opioid abuse. President Barack Obama and a broad bi-partisan group of legislators support the bill, which has become very lengthy and potentially a source of...


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Advocacy Update

There’s a lot of talk, but little action taking place in Washington this week as the city shifts to unified GOP leadership for the coming year. Following are some of the key issues AMHCA is tackling. Mental health parity threatened by repeal of the ACA? AMHCA members may recall the...

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The New HIPAA - Questions Answered; Advocacy Update January 8, 2016

President's New Gun Rules Alter HIPAA On January 6, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These final rules make explicit that certain HIPAA-covered entities may disclose certain...


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Model Interdisciplinary Collaborative Statewide (Inter-State) Projects in Integrated Medicine

Model Interdisciplinary Collaborative Statewide (Inter-State) Projects in Integrated Medicine Rationale for this Proposal: This proposal is a result of two confluent influences: The first was the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health...