CONGRESSMAN BOYLE AND FITZPATRICK RE-INTRODUCE LEGISLATION EXPANDING ACCESS TO RECOVERY FOR CERTAIN DISORDERS
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) re-introduced legislation today to temporarily remove the exception that prevents Institutions of Mental Disease (IMD) from getting Medicaid support. Currently, the federal government does not provide federal Medicaid funds to states for services rendered at these facilities. When a Medicaid-eligible individual is a patient in an IMD, the individual cannot receive Medicaid coverage for services provided by the IMD unless the individual is 65 or older.
“The coronavirus pandemic presents a public health crisis that stresses our entire health care system as a whole,” said Congressman Boyle. “Our norms have been upended and, instead of being comforted by typical support systems, many of us have been isolated at home. This bill will help those with mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorders get the necessary treatments they need, especially during this time of isolation and helplessness . It is compassionate bipartisan legislation ensuring that in addition to nationwide fiscal relief, we in Congress are also delivering hope, understanding and a path forward for our fellow Americans who need us, now more than ever.”
“Communities across our country were struggling with the ever-growing mental health epidemic prior to COVID, and the effects of the pandemic have only exponentially increased these struggles. Since first coming to Congress, I have prioritized access to care issues stemming from the IMD Exclusion. Now, more than ever, it is imperative we ensure all citizens have the opportunity to receive the care they need and deserve,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to partner with my good friend Congressman Boyle in our joint mission to increase access to crucial support to the millions of those struggling in our country."