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, United States

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

For information regarding Medicare's current mental health care coverage, visit this PDF:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Debra Arbuckle VANCOUVER, WA
      • 13 days ago

      Suicide is soaring within this population. Especially for senior men, Seniors should be able to receive mental health services without fear of debt.

    • Virginia Nielsen CALDWELL, ID
      • 15 days ago

      I am a current student in the mental health field. I have parents that are seniors, and live in rural areas. This bill do help bring more resources to our communities that do not have access to social workers, psychiatrist, or psychologist. It would provide a needed service to the elderly that only have medicare and need mental health services.

    • Valerie Klayman LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      As a licensed MFT I have been serving the senior population for over 5 years. This is a population that continues to be under served, which swift passage of this bill would rectify.

    • Dr. James A. Bell PENNINGTON GAP, VA
      • 3 months ago

      I am a family practice physician in rural southwestern Virginia. Bill S. 562 will improve mental health access for rural and underserved populations, and allow better integration of mental health and physical health care.

    • Pamela Sinclair CODY, WY
      • 4 months ago

      As a behavioral health care provider in rural WY, I am exposed to people on a daily basis who can not access services due to a shortage of LCSW's and Medicare not providing reimbursement to LPC's.


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