Congress: Pass Bill S. 562 (Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013)
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Congress: Pass Bill S. 562 (Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013)

    1. Kim Beare
    2. Petition by

      Kim Beare

      Marshville, NC

Bill S. 562 will amend the Social Security Act to cover services provided by licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists. Under the current bill, the only non-physician mental health care acts covered are performed by licensed psychologists and clinical social workers. This prevents Medicare clients (most of whom are vulnerable populations on fixed incomes, such as persons with disabilities and the elderly) from receiving low-cost care options from qualified and readily available sources. This bill has been proposed in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009, and has passed the Senate in 2003 and 2005 and the House in 2007 and 2009. For a bill to become law, it must be passed through the House, the Senate, and be signed by the President. To date, this has not happened, even though greater spending on licensed and qualified mental health care would work in a preventative capacity and be cost-effective.

American Counseling Association's Take Action! for S. 562
http://capwiz.com/counseling/issues/alert/?alertid=62516856

For information regarding Medicare's current mental health care coverage, visit this medicare.gov PDF:
http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10184.pdf

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    • David LaPell MURFREESBORO, TN
      • 6 months ago

      I am an LMFT and have had to turn away consumers due to these restrictions. LPC's and LMFT's are well trained and are equally qualified to address the needs of persons seeking treatment in a therapy setting.

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    • Sonya Armstrong MCMINNVILLE, TN
      • 6 months ago

      I am working on being a counselor and believe everyone should be able to get the help they need.

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    • Kaci Allen NASHVILLE, TN
      • 6 months ago

      Counselors have MORE training and clinical experience than social workers do... Social workers are excellent for pairing resources, but Licensed Professional Counselors have Masters degrees and 3,000+ hours of diagnosing and treating mental disorders. LPC should have at LEAST the same as LCSW but certainly not LESS...

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    • Shannon Moore JONESBORO, AR
      • 6 months ago

      I am currently a mental health paraprofessional enrolled in an MSW program. My mental health counselor and MFT peers and coworkers are competent and qualified to provide the same mental health services provided by licensed psychologists and clinical social workers. To exclude them from providing mental health services equates to unethical exclusion of Medicare clients from receiving treatment that can improve overall health and functioning.

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    • Yunetta Smith CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • 6 months ago

      I work in the counseling field and have had to discontinue services w/ many of my clients because of this. I have found it to no be in the best intrest of public. LPC's provide quality care!

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