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A06323 Summary:

BILL NOA06323
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06575
 
SPONSORBronson
 
COSPNSRMeeks, Barron, Gonzalez-Rojas, Bichotte Hermelyn
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §365-a, Soc Serv L
 
Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.
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A06323 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6323
 
SPONSOR: Bronson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to enable mental health practitioners licensed pursuant to Article 163 of the Education law to bill Medicaid directly for their services.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one would amend Subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law to enable mental health practitioners licensed pursuant to Article 163 of the Education law to bill Medicaid directly for their services. Section two is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This bill would allow licensed mental health practitioners to bill Medi- caid directly for the services they provide. The status quo of excluding mental health practitioners licensed under Article 163 of the Education law from recognized providers within the Medicaid program results in undue hardship for individuals, families, and communities, and a lack of transparency in Medicaid billing. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in four American adults suffers from a mental illness, making the work performed by all mental health profes- sionals, including licensed mental health practitioners, crucial to the provision of healthcare. Individuals should be able to receive treat- ment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A9678 - Referred to Health; 2015-2016: A9477-A -Referred to Health; A10707 of 2017-18: passed the Assembly A648 of 2019-20: Veto 145   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall have become a law.
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