Legislative Report

Hello to all

2018 will be an interesting year on many fronts for MAMFT.  By now we will have begun our new endeavor as an independent association with renewed hope and vision for the future.  One thing that will remain the same however, is the strong tradition of legislative advocacy.  2017 was a tumultuous year for a variety of reasons with perhaps the biggest issue being that of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s attempts to recoup reimbursement payments from providers throughout the mental health community.  Obviously this has been upsetting and unsettling to many MFTs as well as other mental health professionals and we are all looking for the best way or ways to respond to this challenge.

Continuing in 2018 MAMFT will try to provide the most up to date and sound information regarding this issue.  One way we hope to do this is by hosting a meet and greet on January 16th at 6:30 at Ellie Family Services in St. Paul (Erin’s agency).  We hope this will be an opportunity to gather for a variety of information about legislative information including the BCBS issue.  Our hope is to summarize and clarify much of the information that is out there now and begin to provide more information and options for providers to find support.

Please see the information in the weekly email blasts to connect and RSVP to this event.  If you cannot make it please reach out to Erin or myself, or any other Board Member for support or information.  We obviously do not have all of the answers at this time and this might be a process, but our hope is to engage with and collaborate with as many MFTs and other mental health professionals to prevail in regard to this issue.

Best wishes during the holiday season and we hope to see you on the 16th

Erin Pash Legislative Chair

Casey McGraw Legislative Committee Member