Psychiatrists who treat patients with mental health issues could be forced to pay for their care
A psychiatrist who treats patients with severe mental illness could be required to pay a fee to the government.
The bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a “psychiatric care reimbursement” system, which would provide reimbursement for the costs of the care of mental health patients.
The proposal comes after President Donald Trump, during his recent State of the Union address, said he would make mental health a priority.
This is an important step in ensuring that mental health care is available to those who need it.””
This bill would make this happen.
This is an important step in ensuring that mental health care is available to those who need it.”
This would be an important moment for mental health.
We cannot afford to waste this opportunity by allowing for arbitrary, costly, and unnecessary regulations.
Sen. SandersSource: Politico – Bernie Sanders speech (posted 3/20/17)Trump has also suggested that if the bill is passed, psychiatrists would be required by law to have mental health insurance, meaning that they would be responsible for paying for the care that patients receive.
Sen. Bernie Cruz, R-Texas, who introduced the bill, said in the statement that “the bill will give mental health professionals the tools to provide quality care while also protecting taxpayer dollars and the public trust.”
The bill also aims to increase access to mental health services for veterans, and it would create a special $50 million trust fund to help fund mental health treatment for veterans and their families.
The Trump administration is expected to announce the final details of the bill this week.