The House voted 245-189 on January 19 to pass legislation that would repeal the health care reform law enacted in 2010. All 242 Republicans and three Democrats voted for the bill, and 189 Democrats voted against it. While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated he will try to force a vote in the Senate, the bill is highly unlikely to advance further due to strong opposition from Senate leaders and the White House.
As House leaders begin to shift their efforts to making substantive changes incrementally through the legislative process, the APA Practice Organization will strategically focus its energy and resources and engage legislators on both sides of the aisle to promote psychology’s priorities and protect critical reforms we worked hard for and won enactment of, including:
- Essential plan benefits that include mandatory mental health and substance use services;
- Mental health and substance use parity requirement for exchange plans;
- Within the private health care system, a grant program integrating mental health into primary care with the establishment of interprofessional, interdisciplinary health teams to support primary care practices;
- Chronic care coordination fostered through a Medicaid state plan option allowing beneficiaries with one or more chronic conditions (including mental health disorders) to designate a health home, and permitting the designation of a community mental health center as an eligible health home; and
- Extension of the 5% Medicare psychotherapy payment restoration through the end of 2011.
We will keep you posted.
Jeff Cook, J.D.
Director of Field & State Operations
American Psychological Association Practice Organization
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
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