Joint Letter to Oppose H.R. 884 / S. 2772 — The Medicare Mental Health Access Act

Dear Committee Leaders:

The undersigned medical professional organizations write to you with an urgent request that impacts the quality of care that our nation’s patients receive. H.R. 884 / S. 2772, the “Medicare Mental Health Access Act,” would change the definition of “physician” under the Medicare program to include clinical psychologists. This proposal jeopardizes the safety of patients in the Medicare program and would create silos in the delivery of appropriate mental and physical health care. Moreover, this legislation runs counter to efforts to coordinate and integrate the delivery of care to patients with mental illnesses and cooccurring health conditions. As such, the undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 884 / S. 2772.

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