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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Protections and Opportunities for Practicing Psychologists

With the enactment of the reconciliation bill this week and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) last week, an historic phase of legislative action on health care reform has concluded. Thanks to the tireless efforts of grassroots psychologists and our government relations team through a challenging process, the new law includes several key […]

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Download The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R.4872)

Check the end of the report to download the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R.4872) as a PDF document. This bill amends President Obama’s recently signed healthcare plan (H.R. 3962 or “Obamacare”). The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 officially passed through House of Representatives on 3/21/10 and […]

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Congress Recesses Without Action On The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

The House and Senate have adjourned for the two-week April recess without sending temporary legislation to the President to halt the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut. The cut is expected to take effect for a short time beginning on April 1 until Congress returns and seeks retroactive action after April 12. (read the full […]

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Senate Passes Psychotherapy Restoration Extension!

I am pleased to report to you that today the Senate passed legislation retroactively extending the 5% Medicare psychotherapy payment restoration through the end of 2010 and preventing the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut through September 30. These provisions, critical to psychology, were included in the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of […]

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Update On Legislative Action On The Sustainable Growth Rate (02/26/10)

On February 25, the House passed legislation (H.R. 4691) to postpone the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut for 30 days as Congress weighs longer term solutions. Over the past twenty-four hours, Senate leadership has sought unanimous consent to pass the measure, but has been blocked due to an objection from Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY). […]

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Update on Medicare Payment Efforts (02-03-10)

As the fight for health care reform continues on Capitol Hill, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the APA Practice Organization’s efforts toward improving Medicare payments for practicing psychologists. At this time, the political situation on Capitol Hill remains very fluid. Following the loss of their super-majority in the Senate, Democratic […]

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