Four additional lawmakers have signed on to cosponsor H.R. 6043/S. 539, the Behavioral Health IT Act: Congressmen Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Sam Graves (R-MO), Larry Kissell (D-NC), and Chris Smith (R-NJ). This legislation would extend financial incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records to specified mental health and addiction treatment providers and facilities who are currently ineligible to receive the incentive payments. The National Council thanks the 550 participants who met with their legislators during Hill Day 2012 to ask for their support for the Behavioral Health IT Act.
With Congress heading into recess in the next week, only a limited window of time remains to enlist cosponsors for this important legislation! Please click the links to write to your Senators and Representative and ask them to sign on to this important legislation!
Current cosponsors are:
Senate (S. 539): Daniel Akaka (D-HI); Mark Begich (D-AK); Jeff Bingaman (D-NM); Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) Robert Casey (D-PA); Susan Collins (R-ME); Daniel Inouye (D-HI); Tim Johnson (D-SD); John Kerry (D-MA); Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ); Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Jack Reed (D-RI); Bernard Sanders (I-VT); Charles Schumer (D-NY); Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); and original bill sponsor Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
House (H.R. 6043): Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Mary Bono Mack (R-CA); Michael Burgess (R-TX); Larry Bucshon (R-IN); Gerald Collolly (D-VA); Sam Graves (R-MO), Gene Green (D-TX); Brett Guthrie (R-KY); Larry Kissell (D-NC); Dave Loebsack (D-IA); Tom Marino (R-PA); Christopher Murphy (D-CT); Sue Myrick (R-NC); Tim Ryan (D-OH); Chris Smith (R-NJ); John Sullivan (R-OK); and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH).