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President Signs Landmark Bill Opening the Federal Government to Mental Health Counselors

On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed S. 785, which mandates the creation of a federal government classification for mental health counselors and pressures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase its hiring of the profession. AMHCA is very proud of its leadership role in this...


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Congress Passes Landmark VA Mental Health Counselor Bill

Today, the House of Representatives approved S. 785, sending a major VA mental health and counseling bill to President Trump for signature. The bill is the most significant new legislation for the counseling profession in over a decade and a tremendous advancement for mental health counselors...


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Advocacy Alert: House Committee Passes Mental Health Counselor Medicare Legislation

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 945 in an historic vote supporting Medicare coverage for the counseling profession. While this legislation has passed both the House and Senate twice over the years, never before has the bill been voted on as a standalone measure rather...


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House Committee Passes Mental Health Counselor Medicare Legislation

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 945 in an historic vote supporting Medicare coverage for the counseling profession. While this legislation has passed both the House and Senate twice over the years, never before has the bill been voted on as a standalone measure rather...


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Medicare Advocacy Shifts to Senate

Submitted by @David Bergman The House released its fifth COVID-19 relief package on Tuesday and counselor Medicare language was not included. While this is a setback, we still have the opportunity to pass of our legislation. At the direction of our congressional champions, AMHCA is now...


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Urgent Need for Grassroots this weekend to Include Counselors in Medicare

Submitted by @David Bergman The House is developing its next COVID-19 relief package and counselors are urged to contact your Representative in support of including our Medicare legislation (H.R. 945 ) in it. Congress will be working through the weekend to decide what is going into the House...


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Bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act Reintroduced in Congress: Measure Would Allow Mental Health Counselors to Bill Medicare for Treating Seniors On January 31st, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286) was re-introduced by Senator Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator...


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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...