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Medicare Update

As we have welcomed 2014, CTAMFT has received several inquiries about Medicare reimbursement.

Please note that MFTs unfortunately still are not eligible to receive reimbursement for services for clients on Medicare under federal law.

By law (Sec. 1861(s) of the Social Security Act), specific types of clinicians may be determined eligible for Medicare Part B coverage only upon statutory (Congressional) enactment of an amendment to that law Section. Medicare Part B coverage for independent-practice MFTs passed the US Senate in 2003 and 2005, and the US House in 2007 and 2009 – but not the other Chamber at those times.

This has been an important issue for both AAMFT and CTAMFT for years.

We have received positive news that the Department of Social Services (DSS) is considering adding MFT reimbursement to more of their Medicaid plans, aimed at increasing access to quality mental health providers for their clients. This helps to support our goal of eventually achieving Medicare reimbursement.

AAMFT is working diligently to push forward a Medicare MFT coverage bill (S-562), which has 11 bipartisan sponsors. Representative Gibson (R-NY), along with some Democratic cosponsors plan to introduce a House “companion” to this bill.

You can help! Please urge your members of Congress to support S-562, Medicare MFT coverage. It’s simple! Just click here.

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