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S. 3131 (95th): Medicare Mental Illness Non-Discrimination Act


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5/23/1978--Introduced. Medicare Mental Illness Non-Discrimination Act - Makes findings that mental illness is more prevalent in elderly persons than in younger adults and that the social security coverage for mental illness is not on an equal basis with coverage for other types of illnesses. Amends Title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to: (1) eliminate the 190 day lifetime limit for in-patient psychiatric care; and (2) limit the amount which a provider of services may charge a Medicare patient for mental health care services to 20 percent of the amount customarily charged for such services.