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Mental Health Awareness Act

The Mental Health Access Improvement Act would amend the Social Security Act to allow licensed professional counselors to provide mental health services under the Medicare program. Today, seniors are unable to use Medicare to see a licensed professional counselor and consequently face barriers to receiving adequate mental health care. The bill would also extend Medicare coverage to marriage and family therapists.

 

I want to ensure that seniors do not face obstacles to receive mental health treatment. The cost of health care has been the issue I have heard about most. As such, I strongly support efforts to make health care, including mental health care, affordable and accessible for all.

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October 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the Medicare Vision Act (HR 4665), a bill that will expand Medicare Part B coverage to include routine vision benefits. 

 

October 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) continued her “Costs of Care” healthcare event series on Monday with a constituent roundtable discussion at the Older Persons’ Commission in Rochester, bringing together local patients, doctors, pharmacists, and healthcare experts to discuss the effects of healthcare and prescription drugs costs on 8th district residents.

September 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) visited HealthQuest Physical Therapy in Lake Orion yesterday, as part of her month-long, district-wide “Costs of Care” tour to connect with 8th district residents, patients, advocates, families and healthcare professionals to bring their concerns back to Washington as she continues to fight to bring healthcare costs down. 

 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) Real-Time Benefits Act was marked up and passed out of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, marking a significant step forward for the legislation. The Real-Time Benefits Act is a bipartisan bill that would help lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs by giving patients and doctors real-time updates on the price of prescription drugs, before they leave the doctor’s office. By increasing price transparency, the bill also encourages competition to help bring drug costs down across the board.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) today introduced the Real-Time Benefits Act, a bipartisan bill that would help lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs by giving patients and doctors real-time updates on the price of prescription drugs, before they leave the doctor’s office. By increasing price transparency, the bill also encourages competition to help bring drug costs down across the board.

 

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- As part of the FY20 appropriations bill passed in the House yesterday, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) secured $10 million in federal funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, a program that provides funding for mental health assistance to farmers. Farming is one of the most hazardous occupations in the country, and farmers are increasingly experiencing severe stress due to fluctuating commodity prices that pose a threat to their families’ livelihood, and growing uncertainty driven by tariffs and changing market forces.

 

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) secured $40 million in federal funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in the U.S. House of Representatives-passed FY2020 appropriations bill, matching the funding levels requested for ongoing construction of this world-class research facility at Michigan State University.

 

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today voted in favor of a major piece of legislation to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs.

 

The Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (H.R. 987) includes bipartisan provisions to help bring generic drugs to market faster, one of the most effective ways to lower prescription drug prices; helps states expand coverage to drive down healthcare costs; and eliminates junk healthcare plans that discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) released the following statement in response to the Administration’s refusal to defend the Affordable Care Act or to provide documents or testimony to Congress defending its decision.