Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced a bill that would eliminate Medicare's lifetime cap on inpatient psychiatric care, currently set at 190 days, according to a news release from the two senators.
Bill would lift Medicare cap on psych care
Medicare’s cap discriminates against the mentally ill in that Medicare does not impose a lifetime limit for any other specialty inpatient hospital service, the release states.
The bill, the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act, would eliminate the cap and equalize Medicare mental health coverage with private insurance coverage. Eighty organizations signed on to back the bill, including the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, according to the release. The act also was introduced last year.
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