Article Published: 9/15/2021
NBCC, along with the Medicare Mental Health Workforce Coalition, counselors, and marriage and family therapists from across the country, participated in the Virtual Action Day on Sept. 14. There is still time for counselors to reach out and advocate for the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (H.R. 432/S. 828). Members of Congress need to hear from practitioners about the importance of access to mental health services for Medicare beneficiaries and to encourage their support.
As the baby boomer population ages, there are more than 200,000 marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and licensed mental health counselors (MHCs) across the country who are specifically trained to address mental health and substance abuse, including opioid addiction.
COVID-19 has only exacerbated the mental health crisis among Medicare beneficiaries. Social isolation, depression, and anxiety are skyrocketing among older people during these unprecedented times. According to a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, the incidence of serious psychological distress in adults over 55 during the beginning of 2020 had doubled from 2019 levels.
Members of Congress can help seniors and beneficiaries of Medicare gain access to mental health services by supporting the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 828/H.R. 432).
You can be a part of that change by contacting your representatives and encouraging their support. Together, let’s show Congress that #MedicareMentalHealth and #SeniorsMentalHealth matter!
Ready to engage in advocacy? Remember these points:
Visit the NBCC Action Center to send messages to your representatives.
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