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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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January 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) announced today that Sarah Stark, a fellow Holly resident and Type 1 diabetic, will be her guest to the State of the Union next Tuesday. Stark has been a Type 1 diabetic for 22 years, and in that time the cost of her insulin has risen from $17.75 a vile to now $276 – over 15 times the original cost. Under H.R. 3, a landmark prescription drug package that Slotkin helped pass the House at the end of last year, the cost of common insulin medications could decrease to as little as $34 per month, or $400 per year.

January 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) called for action in the Senate to take up her Real-Time Benefits Act, a bipartisan bill to increase transparency in drug pricing and lower out-of-pocket costs, and the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R.

December 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) released the following statement following a federal appeals court decision on a lawsuit led by the Trump Administration and Republican elected officials, ruling that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, and sending the case back to a district court to determine if the entire ACA should be overturned with this provision severed.

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October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) bipartisan Real-Time Benefits Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with broad bipartisan support, representing an important achievement on Slotkin’s top priority to work to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Slotkin’s Real-Time Benefits Act, which passed as part of H.R. 2115, the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act 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.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) today introduced the STABLE (Saving To Achieve a Better Life Experience) Act, a bill that would allow employers to make matching contributions to an employee’s ABLE savings account, making it easier for individuals with disabilities and caregivers to save for future care.

 

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.