On 9/9, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), our parent chapter on a national level, issued a call to action to all members to contact their legislators in support of HR 945, which would give counselors and marriage and family therapists Medicare billing privileges. This is first time in U.S. history that a standalone bill for Medicare parity has been voted on by a legislative committee! This is a bipartisan bill that successfully passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Its companion bill in the Senate, S.286, is currently on hold as the Senate does not wish to take action until the bill has passed in the House. This makes contact with your congressional representatives vital!
Florida's legislature is not yet in session, but our state-level parent chapter, the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), has accepted the wise counsel of our lobbying firm, prepping for the upcoming session by focusing on issues that can be framed as related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as we anticipate that the bills most likely to succeed in the upcoming legislative session will relate to the pandemic.
The two issues we have selected for a bill include:
We believe we have identified some legislators who may be interested in taking up these causes and will keep you posted!
Aaron, as always thank you very much for keeping us informed! Janice
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