The House Energy and Commerce Committee is meeting on this issue on Tuesday, June 30 — please take action today!
One million people have Parkinson’s disease in the United States, and at least half of them may experience depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. Depression and anxiety may emerge prior to the more classic motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, and these issues can complicate other symptoms and affect long-term outcomes.
There are more than 200,000 licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists in the U.S. Unfortunately, their services are not covered by Medicare. Ninety percent of people with Parkinson’s receive health care coverage through Medicare and have no coverage for these providers. It is time to change that.
Representatives from Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, Vermont and Washington sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Complete the fields below to find out if your Representative is one of them and let them know about the impact Parkinson’s has on a person’s mental health, and urge them to support The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 945), which provides coverage for licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists under Medicare.
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