Practice leader presses for payment reform in health care debate

by Government Relations Staff

May 28, 2009 — The debate over health care reform is in full swing on Capitol Hill. As reported in the April issue of this e-newsletter, Congress appears intent on combining Medicare and health care reform into one major package of legislation.

The Senate Finance Committee, one of the two key Senate committees working on the issue of health care reform, has released three "Descriptions of Policy Options." The three separate papers detail:

American Psychological Association Practice Organization Executive Director Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, responded to the first paper. Her May 11 letter to Senate Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) and ranking member Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) focuses on Medicare payment reform, lowering barriers to psychologists' services and psychology training and workforce. The letter is attached in .pdf form at the end of this article.

The APA, with the assistance of the APA Practice Organization on issues of affordability, health insurance options and improvements to Medicaid, responded to the second paper.

Stay tuned to future issues of this PracticeUpdate e-newsletter to continue learning about APAPO's advocacy on behalf of professional psychology as the health care reform debate continues.