Text: H.R.5201 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/20/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5201


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program of certain mental health telehealth services, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 20, 2019

Ms. Matsui (for herself and Mr. Johnson of Ohio) 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


A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program of certain mental health telehealth services, and for other purposes.

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 “Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Expanding the use of telehealth for mental health services.

(a) In general.—Section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (4)(C)(i), by striking “and (7)” and inserting “(7), and (8)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(8) TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FURNISHED THROUGH TELEHEALTH.—The geographic requirements described in paragraph (4)(C)(i) (other than applicable State law requirements, including State licensure requirements) shall not apply with respect to telehealth services that are mental health services (as determined by the Secretary) furnished on or after January 1, 2021, to an eligible telehealth individual at an originating site described in paragraph (4)(C)(ii) (other than an originating site described in subclause (IX) of such paragraph).”.

(b) Inclusion of the home as an originating site.—Section 1834(m)(4)(C)(ii)(X) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)(4)(C)(ii)(X)) is amended by striking “paragraph (7)” and inserting “paragraphs (7) and (8)”.

(c) Additional services.—As part of the implementation of the amendments made by this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider whether additional services should be added to the services specified in paragraph (4)(F)(i) of section 1834(m) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m) for authorized payment under paragraph (1) of such section.