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116th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1533

 To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to 
           mental health services under the Medicare program.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 5, 2019

 Ms. Lee of California (for herself, Ms. Hill of California, Ms. Wild, 
   Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Bishop of 
 Georgia, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Evans, Mr. DeFazio, 
  Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Serrano, and Mr. Soto) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and 
  Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a 
 period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for 
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
                          committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to 
           mental health services under the Medicare program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Improving Access to Mental Health 
Act''.

SEC. 2. IMPROVED ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES UNDER THE MEDICARE 
              PROGRAM.

    (a) Access to Clinical Social Workers.--Section 1833(a)(1)(F)(ii) 
of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)(F)(ii)) is amended by 
striking ``75 percent of the amount determined for payment of a 
psychologist under clause (L)'' and inserting ``85 percent of the fee 
schedule amount provided under section 1848''.
    (b) Access to Clinical Social Worker Services Provided to Residents 
of Skilled Nursing Facilities.--
            (1) In general.--Section 1888(e)(2)(A)(ii) of the Social 
        Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395yy(e)(2)(A)(ii)) is amended by 
        inserting ``clinical social worker services,'' after 
        ``qualified psychologist services,''.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 1861(hh)(2) of the 
        Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(hh)(2)) is amended by 
        striking ``and other than services furnished to an inpatient of 
        a skilled nursing facility which the facility is required to 
        provide as a requirement for participation''.
    (c) Access to the Complete Set of Clinical Social Worker 
Services.--Section 1861(hh)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 
1395x(hh)(2)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``for the diagnosis and treatment of mental 
        illnesses (other than services'' and inserting ``, including 
        services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses 
        and services for health and behavior assessment and 
        intervention as identified as of January 1, 2019, by HCPCS 
        codes 96150 through 96161 (and any succeeding codes), but not 
        including services''; and
            (2) by striking ``) which'' and inserting ``, which''.
    (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2020.
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