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Home Study: Closing The Medicare Coverage Gap For Counselors And MFTs: An Advocacy Primer 

05-02-2022 13:42

**Previously Recorded on 04/132022 - Not a Live Event**

Recent surveys show that millions of Medicare beneficiaries have seen a significant increase in anxiety, depressive, PTSD, and substance use disorders during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the last year, over 25-30 percent of Americans over the age of 65, are reporting symptoms of anxiety disorders and depressive disorders as reported by the Census Bureau and CDC. Unfortunately, there’s a shortage of mental health and substance abuse providers in the Medicare system to help these older adults who are at risk. This webinar will highlight legislative and advocacy efforts to expand access to care by including marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors in the Medicare program as approved providers.

- Participants will review the primary ways in which a lack of Medicare reimbursement hinders access to mental health care for older adults.
- Participants will learn about recent developments related to Medicare reimbursement advocacy & Medicare mental health policy.
- Participants will develop strategies for their own Medicare reimbursement advocacy, including partnering with efforts made by professional organizations.

Roger joined the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005. He oversees AAMFT’s Government and Corporate Affairs team, which is responsible for implementing AAMFT’s federal and state advocacy initiatives. As AAMFT's General Counsel, Roger handles corporate legal issues for AAMFT. He serves as the AAMFT staff representative to the Medicare Mental Health Workforce Coalition. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, Roger earned his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

David Connolly is the Principal of The Connolly Group.

With over 30 years of experience in health care and behavioral health policy, Mr. Miller has advocated for the creation of federal and state policy – and regulatory solutions – to improve the delivery and financing of health care and behavioral health care in the U.S. He has published over 50 articles and reports on behavioral health and health care delivery and financing, health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid policy, behavioral health integration, the health care workforce, cost management, medical practice assessment, quality improvement, health insurance exchanges, and health information technology.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.

$10 member, $20 non-member


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