H.R.884: Medicare Mental Health Access Act

Overview

Medicare Mental Health Access Act (H.R. 884) would include clinical psychologists in the statutory definition of a physician. This change would allow psychologists to see Medicare beneficiaries independently in all covered treatment settings. Medicare currently is the only health care payer that continues to require physician oversight, supervision, or prior authorization of psychological services in outpatient rehabilitation facilities, partial hospitalization programs, and other treatment settings outside of a psychologist’s own office.

S. 2772 is the Senate companion bill.

Our Stance

Watching

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.884

Date Introduced

January 30, 2019

Committee

House Ways and Means Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled

Sponsor

Rep. Judy Chu