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Mental Health Liaison Groups Support Eliminating Medicare’s 190-Day Limit

The 40 national mental health organizations that form the Mental Health Liaison Group have sent a letter to the White House supporting the elimination of the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit on inpatient psychiatric hospital care, which is part of President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal. The group sent a similar letter to the House and Senate budget committees, urging elimination of the limit as a way to “equalize Medicare mental health coverage with private health insurance coverage, offer beneficiaries the choice of inpatient psychiatric care providers, increase access for the most seriously ill, improve continuity of care and create a more cost-effective Medicare program.”