H.R. 2646: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2646 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Most Republicans argue that the main issue causing mass shootings is not guns but mental illness. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, is the main bill in this Congress tackling the issue of mental health. Although it was introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA18) more than a year ago, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed it 53–0 on Wednesday with renewed urgency after Orlando. It seems very likely to pass the full House, with 197 cosponsors: 141 Republicans and 56 Democrats.

The bill’s main provisions include lessening restrictions on Medicaid reimbursements for psychiatric hospitals and mental health facilities by allowing Medicaid to pay for patients who stay at such facilities for up to 14 days, and authorizing new mental health grant programs including a Department of Health and Human Services program educating about mental health,

Politico noted, though, that “the most significant reforms have been gutted for the sake of bipartisan consensus,” such as new Medicaid funding for psychiatric hospitals and easing the ability of health care providers to share mental health information with families or caregivers. Democrats, though largely supportive of the measures in the bill, argue that it’s skirting around the real issue: gun control.

Congress
114th Congress
Date
Jul 6, 2016
Chamber
House
Number
#355
Question:
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House
Result:
Passed

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 422
 
 
97%
239 183
  Nay 2
 
 
0%
2 0
Not Voting 9
 
 
2%
5 4
Required: 2/3 source: house.gov
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