CPA’s Legislative Committee works in collaboration with a professional lobbyist to monitor issues that could potentially affect the practice of psychology, psychologists, and those populations served by our field. This includes grassroots lobbying as well as advocacy and intervention with regulatory and legislative issues affecting our profession. In addition, CPA’s Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC) works with the American Psychological Association to stay abreast of issues affecting our profession at the national level and relays significant developments to our members. Each year, CPA aims to send at least several of its leaders to the APA Practice Organization’s State Leadership Conference. We are proud of our record of attendance and participation at this conference each year and thank those members who have volunteered their time to be there.
2015 Legislative Agenda
2014 Legislative Highlights
On March 31, 2014, Congress passed legislation (H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014) to avert the potential devastating Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut in Medicare provider payments. The bill was negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and is expected to be signed by the President. Passage came down to the wire and averts the 24% SGR cut scheduled to take effect on April 1st. This halt of the SGR cut has been extended until March 31, 2015. As part of the legislation, a 0.5 percent reimbursement rate increase will be put in place through December 31, 2014. While the one-year delay in the SGR is a victory, Congress still needs to repeal this flawed cost containment mechanism. APAPO has been working diligently with legislators for a permanent repeal.
In addition, the adoption of the new International Classification of Diseases revision 10 (ICD-10) coding system has been delayed from October 1, 2014 until Oct. 1, 2015. Information about the ICD-10 can be found at APAPO Practice Central.
2013 Legislative Highlights
Successfully proposed a bill allowing psychologists and physicians to incorporate as business partners.
Testified against the adoption of duty to warn legislation similar to that passed in New York early in 2013.
Collaborated with the Connecticut Legal Right’s project (CLRP) on drafting a duty to protect statute.
Presented recommendations to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.