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Legislation Comparison Grid TemplateHealth-relatedBill NameMentalHealthAccess Improvement Act of 2019Bill NumberH.R.945DescriptionThis bill was established to provide coverage under Medicare formarriage and family therapists and licensed mental healthcounselors.Federal or State?FederalLegislative IntentThis bill is currently in the 1ststage of the legislative development.It was presented to Congress on 1/31/19. It will be deliberated bythe committee then by chance sent on to the entire House orSenate.Proponents/OpponentsProponents:Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)sponsored this bill.Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator Debbie Stabenow(D-MI) reintroduced mental health services to bill Medicare for thetreatment of mental health problems.Opponents:Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) proposed 2 of Rep.Tim Murphy bills butabandoned it to connect his own mental health bill. His bill directlyaddresses gun ownership.Mental health advocate Vicki Smith feels this proposed bill reflectsa backward approach to mental illness.Advocates indicate the bill backs forcible care, institutionalizationand loss of privacy rights.© 2018 Laureate Education Inc.1Legislation ComparisonGrid Template
TargetPopulationThe older population of adults with mental health problemsStatus of the bill(Is it in hearingsor committees?Is it receivingpress coverage?)This bill was reintroduced 1/31/19 and remains in the 1ststage ofthe legislative process.GeneralNotes/Comments- Presently, Medicare does not directly pay formarriage and familytherapists and licensed mental health counselors necessitating

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