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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

What do Medicaid payment rates, Congress, and a pep rally have in common?

July 10, 2013 | Hill Day | Comments
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A: Hill Day 2013

You may be aware that community behavioral health organizations get paid, on average, only 70% of the cost of providing intensive community-based care.

But did you know that legislation before Congress would fix this inequity, raising Medicaid reimbursement rates for organizations that meet specified criteria? The Excellence in Mental Health Act would put behavioral health providers on equal footing with other safety net entities like community health centers and public hospitals, a long-overdue change.

The National Council’s Hill Day is a giant national pep rally for behavioral health, bringing together hundreds of advocates from all over the country. On Day 1, you’ll learn about the major policy issues facing our field – including why the Excellence in Mental Health Act will help raise your bottom line and how to help make it a reality. Then, on Day 2, you’ll meet with your Members of Congress to urge them to vote for the Excellence Act and our other legislative priorities. Along the way, you’ll also hear from the nation’s top policy experts like former Health Affairs editor Susan Dentzer, who will discuss the future of U.S. health and budget policy.

Hill Day gives you access to top policymakers and brings your voice to the nation’s capital. Don’t miss out on the biggest (and most fun) policy event of the year – register free for Hill Day and book your hotel room today!

Questions about Hill Day? Contact Rebecca Farley at or 202-684-7475 ext. 235.