Joseph Rubin, M.D., speaker of the APA Assembly, meets with Sen.
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in Portland, Maine. Snowe, who serves on the
Senate Finance Committee's Healthcare Subcommittee, introduced the Medicare
Copayment Equity Act of 2005 (S 1152) in the Senate in late May with Sen.
John Kerry (D-Mass.). The bill seeks to reduce the current discriminatory
Medicare 50 percent copayment for outpatient psychiatric services to 20
percent. A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in
March. The visit with Snowe is part of an ongoing program at APA—through
its political action committee, APAPAC—in which APA members
educate federal legislators and policymakers about mental health issues.