An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Please allow unrestricted, continued mental health telecounseling

22 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

All of us are concerned about the changes coming 5/31 where insurance may make it more difficult for clients to access care (https://www.bcbstx.com/provider/pdf/tx_using_telemed_telehealth_covid19.pdf). Insurance companies like BCBS should be prohibited during COVID-19 from: - Charging separate telehealth mental health deductibles - Denying telehealth - Reimbursing less for telehealth sessions than in person - From exposing clients and clinicians to increased health risk and liability Clear Start over please All of us are concerned about the changes coming 5/31 where insurance may make it more difficult for clients to access care (https://www.bcbstx.com/provider/pdf/tx_using_telemed_telehealth_covid19.pdf). Insurance companies like BCBS should be prohibited during COVID-19 from: - Charging separate telehealth mental health deductibles - Denying telehealth - Reimbursing less for telehealth sessions than in person - From exposing clients and clinicians to increased health risk and liability Please hold insurance accountable and allow for continued unrestrictive phone and video telecounseling. Thank you

First sent on May 10, 2020 by NASW Texas Capital Area

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