Stop Medical Insurance Greed and Limitations on Mental Health Treatment Accessibility.
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Mental Health treatment is in crises. It is inaccessible to many americans due to medical insurance barriers to access care. We are requesting that legislation be implemented eliminating barriers such as: excessive deductibles, excessive co-payments and limited provider networks. In addition, mental health providers should be reimbursed at a fair an equitable rate. Decreasing insurance reimbursement is forcing many Masters and Doctoral level providers to only accept self payment for services. The average american cannot afford these out-of-pocket expenses especially after paying exorbitant insurance premiums.
Decreasing reimbursement rates will increase the inaccessibility to quality mental health care and will lead to a shortage in the number of mental health professionals available to treat patients. It is shameful for a medical professional to spend an hour with a patient and only receive a $30 reimbursement rate. This rate does not even cover a provider's overhead cost. Some providers have waited up to two years to receive reimbursement. Providers are not being greedy but they must survive.
If we continue to turn our back on this critical health issue, people will continue to suffer and families will be in crises. If left untreated, mental illness can not only lead to a decrease in productivity, devastating financial hardships, but can result in community devastation due to behaviors caused by the illness. Some people
This issue impacts all of us. Each and everyone of us is or will be effected by mental illness in their lives. Mental health is not a luxury.
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