Help Needed: Medicare Provider Recognition

13 Nov 2017 10:28 PM | Web Administrator (Administrator)

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PLEASE NOTE: The Email below and the Attached “AMHCA Medicare Grassroots Packet” (and related graphics) is being sent on behalf of Joseph R. Weeks, AMHCA President, asking for your support on Wednesday, November 15 for Medicare Reimbursement for Mental Health Counselors. Medicare Reimbursement for Mental Health Counselors is at stake.

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) will be organizing a Virtual Call-In Action Day to bolster Congressional support for the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 1879/HR 3032), by engaging state-level members to contact their Senators and Representatives. These bills will allow mental health counselors to bill for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. 

On this day, the AMHCA state-level members will be targeting their efforts on nine Senators from nine states who sit on the Senate Finance Committee, and Representatives from the several states who sit on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.  With your help in providing collective and targeted grassroots pressure to Congressional offices, we will amplify the message that mental health counselors should be reimbursed my Medicare and garner greater Congressional support for this legislation.

There are four main talking points for advocates to share in their phone calls and on social media embodied in the attached Grassroots Packet.  While the issue can be complex, the talking points are designed to be clear statements in order to allow you, your members, your colleagues and your network to feel comfortable showing your support for the Medicare Provider Recognition legislation for mental health counselors during your calls to Congressional offices.  We believe you and your members will find the packet and messages to be very user-friendly.

In addition to the talking points for phone calls, in order to maximize the campaign’s visibility on social media, we will be using the hashtag “#SeniorsNeedMHCounselors” on all Facebook and Twitter posts.  We encourage all social media posts from AMHCA state-level members to include #SeniorsNeedMHCounselors.  

Fighting for Medicare Provider Recognition for mental health counselors has been a major priority of AMHCA this year, and we are very pleased to provide to you the attached grassroots packet and information to assist your chapter’s members in reaching out to Members of Congress who serve on key health committees that have jurisdiction over Medicare policy and payment issues.

If you have any questions about the grassroots packet, or any other queries on our Medicare legislative activities. Please contact Joel Miller, AMHCA’s ED, at 703-548-4474.  There is also contact information embodied in the packet.

Thank you again for all your support this year on all of our collective Medicare Provider Recognition efforts!


Joseph R. Weeks
American Mental Health Counselors Association

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