Mental Health Bill Could Help Many In Region

To The Reader’s Forum:

America’s population is aging, and with it a little-known problem is growing: roughly one in five older Americans has a mental health challenge.

AARP thanks Representative Tom Reed for trying to attack this problem by co-sponsoring the bipartisan Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act (H.R. 1301), which would make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to receive mental health care.

Representative Reed’s bill would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive mental health treatment via telehealth from their own homes, therefore making it easier for people who may not live near a mental health professional to get the support they need.

It’s an important bill, especially for our aging rural population, and AARP is fully supportive of Representative Reed’s foresight and work on this legislation.

Ann F. Monroe,

Western New York Representative,

AARP New York State Executive Council,