Health Care Reform
A top legislative priority for the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Association involves working with policymakers to enact and implement health care reform that fully integrates psychological services into primary care, prevention and benefits packages.
- Supreme Court holds hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform law
Decisions regarding the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion could impact professional psychology
- Health Care Reform Proceeds Toward an Uncertain Future (PDF, 443KB)
- Comments call for psychologists’ inclusion in ACOs
APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD, and APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, urge inclusion of clinical psychologists as participants in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
- Senate votes down health care reform repeal
United opposition from Senate Democrats and the White House makes a full repeal of the law during the 112th Congress unlikely
- New faces, old friends on Capitol Hill
APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, shares her perspective on the new Congress and APAPO's legislative advocacy priorities.
- Psychology opposes health care reform repeal
Despite opposition from a coalition of provider organizations, the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal the 2010 health care reform law
- New law narrows application of Red Flags Rule
Many psychologists are still asking about the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. This article from January explains how successful advocacy by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Practice Organization protected members from unnecessary regulation under the Red Flags Rule.
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: New protections and opportunities for practicing psychologists
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) expands coverage for more Americans, protects traditional psychological practice, and opens new opportunities for psychologists in private and public health programs.
- 2010 election wrap-up
An analysis of the 2010 election and what it may mean for APAPO’s legislative advocacy
- New provisions of health care reform law take effect
Several new provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect September 23, 2010
- Psychotherapy restoration extension to become law with passage of historic health care reform legislation
Congress has approved legislation that will extend the 5 percent Medicare psychotherapy payment restoration for all of 2010 retroactive to January 1. This is an important victory on a payment issue critical to psychologists.
- House committees include psychology's top Medicare priority in reform bill
If passed, health care reform legislation that includes an extension of psychology pay restoration would result in an estimated $60 million in psychotherapy payments for 2010 and 2011
- Psychology focuses on health care reform
The APA Practice Organization is urging policymakers to fully integrate psychological services into any health care reform plan
- Health care reform: Congress should ensure that psychology's services are key in primary care initiatives (PDF, 172KB)