COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act: MHLG supports the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act – legislation that directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to conduct or support research on the mental health consequences of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.
  • ERISA Smith Murkowski Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act: MHLG expressed strong support for the Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act, which would require group health plans and health insurers to cover mental health and substance use disorder telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • MHLG Submits Comments on the Hearing of the Future of Telehealth: MHLG submitted comments for the record to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its March 2nd hearing on The Future of Telehealth: How COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care.
  • MHLG Thanks Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services: MHLG thanked HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran for its recent letter to Governors stating that public health emergency declaration will likely continue to be renewed throughout 2021.
  • MHLG Writes in Support of the TREAT Act: A letter to Chairwoman Patty Murray, Chairman Frank Pallone, Ranking Member Richard Burr, and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers to demonstrate support of the recent reintroduction of the Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act (H.R. 708/S. 168) led by Senators Murphy (D-CT) and Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Dingell (D-MI) and Latta (R-OH).
  • MHLG Writes to the Biden Administration to Urge Certain Steps be Taken in the First 100 Days: MHLG wrote a letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team on the important role that telehealth has played in the provision of mental health and substance use services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the important role that it will continue to possess post-COVID-19.