PI-GRO Letter to the Senate Finance Committee
On May 22, 2009, APA sent comments to Chairman Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Grassley (R-IA) of the Senate Finance Committee in response to a Committee document concerning health care reform, titled Expanding Health Care Coverage: Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Americans (PDF, 228 KB). APA’s recommendations emphasized the importance of:
Including mental health, substance use, and psychological services as mandatory Medicaid benefits;
Promoting integrated care in primary care and other health care settings;
Recognizing the unique service needs of special populations, such as children, older adults, ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and individuals with disabilities;
Increasing access to a range of preventive and wellness services; and
Conducting comprehensive data collection.