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Behavioral Health Bills Introduced in Congress
In recent weeks, Members of Congress have introduced a number of bills related to mental health and addiction disorders. Of particular interest to National Council members, these include:
- Enhanced Access to Medicaid Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 1838/S. 755). Introduced by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) with bipartisan support, this legislation would apply the Affordable Care Act’s temporary Medicaid primary care payment rate increase to additional physicians with a primary specialty designation of neurology, psychiatry, or obstetrics and gynecology. Read more.
- Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Act of 2013 (H.R. 2130). Introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA) with 22 cosponsors, this legislation would authorize grants for treatment of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other illegal drug abuse. Read more.
- Medicare Mental Health Access Act (H.R. 794/S. 1064). Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), this legislation would expand consumers’ access to clinical psychologists under Medicare. Read more.
- Native American Psychiatric and Mental Health Care Improvement Act (H.R.2037). Introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), this legislation establishes a demonstration grant program to recruit, train, deploy, and professionally support psychiatric physicians in Indian health programs. Read more.