Psychotherapy restoration extension to become law with passage of historic health care reform legislation

By Government Relations Staff

March 22, 2010 — 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.

This was part of the health care reform legislation H.R. 3590 that the House approved on Sunday March 21 by a vote of 219-212. The legislation had passed the Senate on December 24, 2009. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law on Tuesday, March 23.

In the months ahead, APA Practice will continue to push for Congress to extend our provision through the end of 2011 in Medicare legislation this year.

Watch for the March issue of the Practice Update e-newsletter for details on what the new health care reform law means for psychologists and their clients.