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May 02, 2024

Trone, bipartisan Reps and Senators look to improve access to occupational therapy treatments as part of Medicare

Credit: Tri-State Alert

02 May 2024- Today, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Congressmen David Trone (D-MD) and Zach Nunn (R-IA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Parity Act to improve access to occupational therapy treatment of mental health conditions under Medicare. The bill ensures that stakeholders are provided with the education they need to understand the existing coverage and proper billing procedures. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the bill in the Senate. 

“While one in five U.S. adults live with a mental health condition, only half receive the treatment they need. We’ve got to remove barriers to treatment, and sometimes doing that is as simple as ensuring health care providers are educated on treatment procedures,” said Rep. Trone, co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force. “This legislation will ensure stakeholders know about the coverage and billing procedures for occupational therapy treatment under Medicare, addressing a critical gap in patients receiving the mental health care they need.” 

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