Many MFTs are experiencing problems in attempting to comply with a new federal law, the No Surprises Act. Among other things, this law requires MFTs and other healthcare providers to provide a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) to clients who are uninsured, self-paying, or who have insurance but do not plan to submit a claim for services.
AAMFT is partnering with other organizations to address problems with this law. This week, AAMFT and ten other organizations representing mental health providers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra outlining problems with the No Surprises Act as applied to behavioral health providers. HHS has primary oversight of the provisions of this law pertaining to behavioral health providers. Our joint correspondence also requests that the government either cease enforcement of the No Surprises Act pertaining to behavioral health services, or exempt behavioral health providers from these requirements.
To assist members in complying with the No Surprises Act, AAMFT has recently updated its information regarding the requirements of the GFE provision of the No Surprises Act.
AAMFT will provide updates on status of our organizations’ request for changes in enforcement of the No Surprises Act pertaining to MFTs and other behavioral health providers.