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March 8th, 2021

MPA seeks better care, quality, and coverage in 2021-2022 legislative session

By Eileen Weber

The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) highlighted three specific aspects of mental health to be focused on during the 2021-2022 legislative session: access to care, quality and continuity of care, and consumer and professional protections.

These focal points are further broken down into other topics needing attention:

  • ensuring health plans are meeting current mental health parity requirements;
  • standardizing insurance cards to show whether the plan is state or privately funded; and
  • allowing coverage for providers for treatment, not just testing and assessment.

Jennifer Warkentin, Ph.D, MPA’s director of professional affairs and a psychologist with her own private practice, noted that the organization has been designating a specific legislative agenda since 2017.…