Last week, CliniciansUNITED members met with Congressman Joe Kennedy III to discuss how we can work together to tackle the mental health care access crisis in Massachusetts and throughout our country.
The opportunity to meet with Congressman Kennedy came after our own published response to his well-received letter in the Herald News, where he outlined his current legislative efforts to tackle our country’s “systemic inadequacies deeply entrenched across the entire continuum of mental healthcare.”
From recognizing insurance companies’ high mental health claim denials (nearly twice the rate of physical health claims), to tracing how lowered provider reimbursement rates have stunted mental health care access, our conversation focused on how we can collaborate to make progress on these access issues in Massachusetts and across the country.
We also shared our progress on current state-level legislative initiatives to even the playing field between clinicians and insurance companies, along with our survey data illuminating the systemic barriers Massachusetts providers currently face.
CliniciansUNITED hopes to keep the conversation going with Congressman Kennedy, coordinating state level and federal initiative to truly expand mental health care access here in the commonwealth and beyond.