October 05, 2020
By Caren Howard, National Advocacy Manager at Mental Health America
Mental Health America and partner organizations helped usher the introduction of recent key legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R. 8206, the Promoting Effective and Empowering Recovery Services (PEERS) in Medicare Act of 2020. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Adrian Smith (R-NE), would recognize for the first time in Medicare history certified peer specialists and would allow reimbursement of peer support services when they are offered as part of coordinated physical and mental health care provided by therapists, case managers, and physicians in holistic treatment. The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the National Association of Peer Supporters, and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, were partners with MHA in this effort.
MHA strongly supports Rep. Chu’s and Rep. Smith’s bill to provide Medicare coverage for peer support services for individuals within integrated physical and mental health care. Take action today and let Congress know why they should pass H.R. 8206.