Recently, Psychotherapy Networker, a trade publication for mental health professionals, published an article highlighting the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. The article details the tragic story of an elderly woman named Sandy and her husband Richard. Sandy was diagnosed with leukemia and shortly thereafter, bipolar disorder. As her physical health rapidly declined, Richard and Sandy searched for professionals to help Sandy deal with her bipolar disorder, but in their rural Oregon town, Medicare-eligible mental health providers were few and far between.
The article describes how Medicare coverage of mental health counselors would have allowed Sandy to get the help she needed. The article references the work of the Medicare Access Coalition, which NBCC’s Government Affairs staff plays a major role in. NBCC also provided information to aid in the writing of the article.
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