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On the Hill: Senate Finance Releases Fourth Mental Health Discussion Draft

On Oct. 28, the Senate Committee on Finance released its fourth discussion draft on addressing mental health policy challenges, with this latest document focusing on increased integration, coordination, and access to care.

Earlier this year, the committee’s chair, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced five key areas the committee would address: improving access for children and young people; furthering the use of telehealth; ensuring parity; strengthening the workforce; and increasing integration, coordination, and access. The committee released the telehealth discussion draft in May, the children/youth discussion draft in June, and the workforce discussion draft in September.

A final outstanding discussion draft, with a focus on ensuring parity, might be released in the coming weeks, and further action on a comprehensive Finance Committee mental health package appears possible during the post-election session.

This Week in Congress

The House remains in a district work period through the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday and is scheduled to return Monday, Nov. 14.  The Senate also is expected to return Nov. 14.

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Margaret French is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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