Mental Health Care Coverage Is Coming For Medicare Recipients In 2024

The Medicare expansion of mental health care coverage starts January 1.

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Medicare is set to expand its coverage to include marriage and family therapists as well as mental health counselors beginning in January 2024, adding to what's covered under the different parts of Medicare.

The move, which was announced in July, is a big change for Medicare that has for decades limited mental health care coverage to services provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses, according to KFF Health News.

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Joey Solitro

Joey Solitro is a freelance financial journalist at Kiplinger with more than a decade of experience. A longtime equity analyst, Joey has covered a range of industries for media outlets including The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Market Realist, and TipRanks. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.