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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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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.

 

May 15, 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.

 

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today voted to keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and spoke out passionately on the House floor in support of the bill, sharing a personal story about her mother’s struggle to afford healthcare due to her pre-existing condition.

April 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) are working to raise awareness for meningitis B prevention and treatment. April 24 is World Meningitis Day, and Peters, Stabenow and Slotkin recently led the introduction of a bicameral resolution to recognize the importance of confronting meningitis B. Although this disease kills or disables over 170,000 patients across the globe annually, few in the U.S. have received meningitis B vaccines due to a lack of public awareness.

April 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Since being sworn in 100 days ago, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) has drawn recognition for her commitment to solving the issues 8th district residents sent her to Washington to address: lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, getting money out of politics, and tackling tough problems with a pragmatic, Midwestern approach in order to get things done.

 

Slotkin also has built a robust constituent services operation to respond directly to 8th district residents’ concerns. Within her first 100 days Slotkin has:

March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today helped introduce the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act, a bill that would help lower premiums and strengthen protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

 

Slotkin's mother passed away in 2011 of ovarian cancer after struggling for years to access care due to her pre-existing condition. In Congress, Slotkin has made lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs a top priority.