Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s disease, and 90 percent of them receive their health care coverage from Medicare. Many of these individuals have mobility issues and difficulty accessing the mental health care they need.
A set of new bills on Capitol Hill – Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Technologies (CONNECT) Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 4932/S.2741) – takes an important step in addressing the critical shortage of access to mental health services throughout the United States by creating an exemption to the geographic patient requirements for beneficiaries receiving these services. This exemption, and other barriers the bill removes, allows people with Parkinson’s to receive mental health services from their home. This means they will have access to much-needed treatment for depression and anxiety, and other mental health needs.
Let your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate know that these bills are important to you and to the people in our community. Our voices need to be heard on this!
When you click below to send the email to your representative and senators, please feel free to add your short personal story and any experiences you’ve had with mental health care that can explain and give context to why this issue is so important to our community.
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