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We encourage you to contact your two Senators and your Congressional Member in the House of Representatives, to express your support for the Mental Health Access Improvement Act.  Please use the bill numbers in all your communications.

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Virtual Advocacy Day on September 14th!

During the month of September, the Medicare Mental Health Workforce Coalition will be organizing a social media campaign to bolster Congressional support for inclusion of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (HR 432 and/or S. 828) in the Reconciliation Legislation, by engaging our members and stakeholders to contact their Representatives and/or Senators. 

There are four main talking points for advocates to share on social media.  The talking points are designed to be clear statements in order to allow each Coalition members/associates and your network to feel comfortable showing support for inclusion of HR 432 / S 828 in the Reconciliation package during your Tweets and Facebook posts to Congressional offices.  

  • Surveys show that millions of Medicare beneficiaries have seen a significant increase in anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Unfortunately, there’s a shortage of mental health and substance abuse providers in the Medicare system to help these older adults at risk.
  • As the baby boomer population ages, the 200,000 marriage and family therapists and licensed mental health counselors across the country are specifically trained to address mental health and substance abuse, including opioid addiction.
  • As Congress is planning to modernize Medicare for Seniors in the Reconciliation Legislation, including the Mental Health Access Improvement Act in Reconciliation would expand the availability of cost-effective providers under Medicare to help treat these seniors and address mental health crisis and the opioid epidemic.


ON SEPTEMBER 14TH

In order to maximize the campaign’s visibility on social media, we propose using the hashtags #MedicareMentalHealth and #SeniorsMental Health  on all Facebook and Twitter posts.  We also will encourage all social media posts from members to include #MedicareMentalHealth and #SeniorsMentalHealth.


TWEET AT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR:

@YourRep/Senator --  I’m a constituent from [CITY AND an MHC OR MFT) and urging you to support inclusion of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (HR 432/ S 828) in the upcoming Reconciliation Legislation. We need mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists in the Medicare  program to help treat beneficiaries with mental health conditions. 

@YourRep/Senator -- I’m a constituent from [City] and there’s a shortage of mental health/addiction providers in Medicare. Please include HR 432 / S 828 in the Reconciliation Legislation.

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FACEBOOK POSTS AT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR:

Sample 1:

@Rep/SenatorX, I am a constituent from [City] and a (marriage and family therapist or mental health counselor). There’s a shortage of mental health and substance abuse providers in the Medicare system, despite a significant increase in mental health and addiction disorders amongst seniors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please support inclusion of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (HR 432 /  S 828) in the Reconciliation Legislation to increase beneficiary access to cost-effective mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists -- and improve access, save lives and save money.

 

Sample 2:

@Rep/SenatorX, I am from [City] and your constituent. I ask you to support inclusion of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (HR432 / S 828) in the upcoming Reconciliation Legislation. Recent studies and surveys show that the incidence of substance use and mental health disorders has increased substantially in elderly populations. We need licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists available to Medicare beneficiaries to address this issue in a cost-effective manner. 


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