TRICARE CACREP Advocacy Alert – Highest Importance

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[Posted for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland and all Concerned Counselors everywhere.]

This is a very urgent request. Please distribute this important information to all LCPC members, Counseling Psychology professors, students, and all interested parties. Thank you!

Even if you do not work with TRICARE beneficiaries, please still advocate for those who do. How the TRICARE eligibility language for LCPCs is written could impact how the MEDICARE eligibility language is written; and this could have a vicious trickle down affect into private plans who follow MEDICARE’s policies, if CACREP restrictions are retained.

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Dear Colleagues:

I hate to ask you second time in a month for your help, but I really need it. As you may have heard, the American Counseling Association lobbied for more inclusive language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow all LCPCs with 5 years of experience to be Independent TRICARE providers. This change would lift the CACREP restrictions until 2027.

I need you to email the staffers of the legislators listed below to tell them why CACREP only language excludes highly qualified providers from serving members of the military and their families.

Even if you do not work with TRICARE beneficiaries, please still advocate for those who do. How the TRICARE eligibility language for LCPCs is written could impact how the MEDICARE eligibility language is written; and this could have a vicious trickle down affect into private plans who follow MEDICARE’s policies, if CACREP restrictions are retained.

I can’t overstate enough how important this request is for protecting our practice rights into the future. I have attached model language for your email, provided by our federal lobbyist, Ellin Nolan. Please tweak it as you need to, or simply send an email from the heart. These are usually the most powerful. I also attached a list of the emails of the staffers of the key legislators.

If you only email a couple of staffers, this will make a big difference.

Thank you for your advocacy. Please take a moment to send an email or two, it will make a world of difference to your profession.

Larry Epp, Ed.D., LCPC

President, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland

 

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)—Chairman

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)-  Ranking Democrat

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

 

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)  Chairman

Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA)

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA)

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA)

Congressman Donal Norcross (D-NJ)

Congressman Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ)

 
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