September 23, 2022
House Ways and Means Committee advances mental health and MIECHV reauthorization legislation
On September 21, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced the bipartisan bill, The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 (H.R. 8876), along with a package of bipartisan bills aimed at addressing the mental health crisis. During the markup, there was considerable bipartisan recognition of the late Jackie Walorski's efforts as a champion for women and children and to advance H.R. 8876, providing reauthorization and a doubling in federal funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program over the next five years.
In their opening statements, Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) also praised the mental health legislation as being both bipartisan and critical to strengthening mental health care across the continuum, expanding access and improving transparency for patients. The legislation aims to expand access to mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services within the Medicare program, increase reporting and transparency about service offerings and coverage in the private market, make improvements to physician education while mitigating burnout, and ensuring that the system as a whole works better for patients.
The bills, as amended, were all ordered to be reported favorably and will advance to the full House.
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Mental health bill markups