Senate Finance Committee Releases Draft Mental Health Bill

Senate Finance Committee Releases Draft Mental Health Bill

The Senate Finance Committee today released a draft bill for discussion to expand the mental health workforce. According to a summary of the provisions, the discussion draft includes policies that:

• Add 400 new Medicare-funded residency positions at teaching hospitals to train new physicians in psychiatry and psychiatry subspecialties.
• Mental health service coverage provided by marriage and family therapists and licensed professional counselors under Medicare Part B.
• Expand access to certain clinical social worker services under Medicare.
• Expansion of Medicare’s health professional bonus program to attract more health care providers to deficient areas.
• Create a Medicaid demonstration to increase the capacity of behavioral therapists.
• Require Medicaid to provide guidelines to states about increasing the number of mental health workers.
• Change Medicare direct supervision requirements to make it easier for patients to see psychologist interns.

The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted to move five mental health packages to the full House.

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