In a nationwide survey of licensed professional counselors, the American Counseling Association found that up to 115,000 counselors are likely to seek enrollment as Medicare providers — saving the program millions annually — if Congress passes the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. More than 24,000 licensed professional mental health counselors across all 50 states and in three U.S. territories responded to the ACA survey. A majority (72.4%) said they would be interested in becoming a Medicare provider if allowed. Making counselors eligible to provide services under Medicare would not only increase beneficiaries’ access to care, but would create more opportunities for cost-effective services, helping keep beneficiaries out of more expensive treatment settings like hospitals and emergency rooms.

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