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Advocacy Updates

Posted By James Finley Nov 17, 2016 1:19 PM
Theres a lot of talk, but little action taking place in Washington this week as the city shifts to unified GOP leadership for the coming year. Following are some of the key issues AMHCA is tackling. Mental health parity threatened by repeal of the ACA? AMHCA members may recall the Obamacare law of ...
Posted By James Finley Nov 30, 2016 2:59 PM
Today the U.S. House is expected to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation to increase funding for NIH research and to fight opioid abuse. President Barack Obama and a broad bi-partisan group of legislators support the bill, which has become very lengthy and potentially a source of significant ...
Posted By James Finley Jan 8, 2016 4:32 PM
President's New Gun Rules Alter HIPAA On January 6, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These final rules make explicit that certain HIPAA-covered entities may disclose certain information to ...
Posted By James Finley Sep 21, 2015 4:38 PM
AMHCA participated in a legislative affairs breakfast on Friday, September 18, 2015 headlined by Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Topics included prospects for mental health and Medicare reforms coming out of the Committee later this year. Details ...

A Call to Action for Medicare Provider Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

Advocate for HR. 3032 by contacting your member in the House of Representatives now and attend AMHCA's Hill Day.

Where to Write 

AMHCA offers a suggested template for letters to your Representative. Find our suggested template with instructions on how to message your legislators. Send your message on POPVOX. 

(POPVOX Tutorial)

What to Write

Clinical Mental Health Counselors are well qualified to provide covered mental health benefits

Clinical Mental Health Counselors must obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling, two years post-graduate supervised experience, and pass a national exam to obtain a license to practice independently.

All fifty states license CMHCs to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. 

Many Federal programs already recognize CMHCs, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE.

Medicare beneficiaries need more MH services, particularly in rural and underserved areas. CMHCs are trained to serve these populations and are geographically accessible. 

The time has come to give all Medicare beneficiaries access to a qualified professional by recognizing CMHCs in the Medicare program. Congress should pass HR 3032 recognizing Clinical Mental Health Counselors as covered Medicare providers.

How to Contact Congress

To contact your Senators, visit
To contact your Representatives, visit

Download a list of committee members concerned with Medicare
Senate Finance; House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce.


AMHCA's Key Committees of Congress

Appropriations (SAMHSA, HRSA, DoD funding)
Armed Services (DoD workforce, mental health services for active duty)
Finance (Medicare, Medicaid, ACA)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (SAMHSA authority, ACA)
Veterans' Affairs (Dept of Veterans Affairs)

Appropriations (SAMHSA, HRSA, DoD funding)
Armed Services (DoD workforce, mental health services for active duty)
Energy and Commerce (Medicare Outpatient, Medicaid, SAMHSA authority, ACA)
Veterans’ Affairs (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
Ways and Means (Medicare All Parts)

To send an email to a Member of Congress, visit their personal website.

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