ACTION ALERT: Send this prewritten,customizable email now to your Senators and Representative urging co-sponsorship of the Improving Access to Mental Health Act.
The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 870
) was reintroduced
in the 117th Congress by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-13). This bicameral and bipartisan legislation is crucial in modernizing Medicare mental health and ensuring that this major federal program can meet the pressing needs of millions of beneficiaries. The U.S. House and Senate are actively developing mental health packages. Make your voice count. Urge your members of Congress to support the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.870/H.R. 2035) to reduce barriers to care and increase Medicare reimbursement rates for clinical social workers (CSWs)
. Reimbursement for services in Medicare substantially influence the rates paid by private-sector insurers. Many private insurers simply adopt Medicare’s levels of reimbursement to providers. For this reason, it is especially critical that members of Congress hear from social workers.