IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 13, 2019
Ms. Stabenow (for herself and Mr. Barrasso) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to mental health services under the Medicare program.
This Act may be cited as the
Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2019.
Improved access to mental health services under the Medicare program
Access to clinical social workers
Section 1833(a)(1)(F)(ii) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)(F)(ii)) is amended by striking
75 percent of the amount determined for payment of a psychologist under clause (L) and inserting
85 percent of the fee schedule amount provided under section 1848.
Access to clinical social worker services provided to residents of skilled nursing facilities
Section 1888(e)(2)(A)(ii) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395yy(e)(2)(A)(ii)) is amended by inserting
clinical social worker services, after
qualified psychologist services,.
Section 1861(hh)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(hh)(2)) is amended by striking
and other than services furnished to an inpatient of a skilled nursing facility which the facility is required to provide as a requirement for participation.
Access to the complete set of clinical social worker services
Section 1861(hh)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(hh)(2)) is further amended by striking
for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses (other than services and inserting
(including services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses or services for health and behavior assessment and intervention (identified as of January 1, 2019, by HCPCS codes 96150 through 96161 (and any succeeding codes)), but not including services.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2020.