June 16, 2021
Senate Finance Committee hearing on mental health
On June 15, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing entitled, "Mental Health Care in America: Addressing Root Causes and Identifying Policy Solutions." Throughout the hearing, there was bipartisan agreement on the need for committee action to address the mental health care crisis in this country, with members and panelists highlighting a slew of issues including inadequate access, coverage, and payment; workforce shortages and inadequate training; lack of appropriate care integration and case management functions; siloed care delivery and funding streams, and more. Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) said at the close of the hearing that he and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) "think this is an issue that the committee can come together on" and that they would be doing more in coming days.
Among other items, there was bipartisan support for increasing funding for states to create Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), extending telehealth flexibilities beyond the pandemic period and removing additional barriers such as in-person requirements for tele-mental health, and incentivizing states to improve care coordination and case management, particularly for dual-eligible individuals and children.
Additional information is available in the attached Tax Alert.
Senate Finance Committee hearing