National Politics

Senate Bill Seeks to Waive Out-of-Pocket Costs for Mental Health Visits of Veterans

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to ease barriers to access mental health treatment for veterans and military family members.

Senators Jon Ossoff and Kevin Cramer recently introduced the bipartisan Military Families Mental Health Services Act to help military families access vital mental health care services.

The bipartisan bill will waive out-of-pocket costs for military families and veterans on TRICARE for their first three outpatient mental health visits per year with the hope of empowering individuals to receive the treatment they need.

“Our bipartisan bill will expand free access to counseling and mental health services for servicemembers and their families, who make great sacrifices for our nation, endure great stress in so doing, and deserve nothing less than the care they need when they need it, Sen. Ossoff said.

Since taking office in early 2021, Senator Ossoff has focused on a number of issues related to veterans, including his push to pass the bipartisan REACH for Veterans Act, which would improve a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline for veterans in need as well as his call on Congress to pass the bipartisan Save Our Servicemembers Act, legislation to make mental health services more accessible to military personnel in Georgia.

This month, Sen. Ossoff is working to expand VA health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service.

Click here to read the Military Families Mental Health Services Act.

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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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