Mental Health Liaison Group Sends Letter to Congress Supporting Medicare Reimbursement for Mental Health Counselors

By Joel Miller posted 06-11-2020 17:00

The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) is composed of 75 behavioral health organizations that share information on mental and addiction legislation, policies and regulations at the federal level.  On occasion, MHLG will send a letter to all members of Congress on a particular bill under consideration where individual MHLG members sign on and if a certain number of groups support passage of the bill, a communication on MHLG Letterhead will be sent all members of Congress and staff who are responsible for health-related policy, and federal agencies and other groups.  AMHCA was instrumental in securing the requisite number of groups to sign on to a communication supporting passage of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (H.R. 945 and S. 286) which will allow Medicare to reimburse mental health counselors for treating older adults with mental health conditions.  This kind of broad support and formal MHLG letter occurs infrequently, and it is AMHCA’s hope that this letter will spur necessary Congressional action on passage of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act.

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