H. R. 1173
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 16, 2017
Mrs. Noem (for herself, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, and Mr. Mullin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services under the Medicare program.
This Act may be cited as the
Medicare Mental Health Access Act.
Treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services
The first sentence of section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)) is amended—
by inserting before the period the following:
, or (6) a clinical psychologist, but only with respect to the furnishing of qualified psychologist services described in subsection (ii) for which the psychologist is legally authorized to perform by the State and who is acting within the scope of the psychologist’s license (or other authorization under State law).
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2018.