As the new president for LCPCM, I am humbled to start this role with overwhelmingly positive news. On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law the inclusion of mental health counselors and MFTs under Medicare Part B. This is an endeavor that took years of advocacy and I would like to thank all of you who supported efforts to make this happen. Perseverance and hard work do pay off! Over the next year, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will develop rules on how counselors can apply for provider status, provider ID, and bill for services in preparation for implementation of this law on January 1, 2024. My hope for this new year, is that we continue to see positive change as a result of advocacy in our field that allows for more opportunities for parity across disciplines. I feel honored to be part of such a wonderful organization and am looking forward for what’s to come.
The LCPCM Legislative Chair and committee members work diligently to oversee Maryland’s legislation and regulations that affect the clinical professional counseling profession and the people we serve. LCPCM works with a professional lobbyist to assure that our members have the best representation possible in the Maryland General Assembly. Since 1998, LCPCM worked for LCPC parity with the other clinical mental health professions in Maryland. Our successes have been many and we take pride in our accomplishments on the behalf of our members and all LCPCs practicing in Maryland. During the Maryland legislative session, information on legislation that is of particular interest to Maryland LCPCs is available under the members only Legislative Alert tab.
Robyn began LCPCM representation 2015 legislative session. She has over 15 years of experience in legislation, the state budget process, and health care finance. She is an expert in navigating the legislative and state budget process on complex policy and financial issues. She has particular expertise in health care reimbursement, health insurance, health occupations, and disabilities issues. Prior to Public Policy Partners, she was the Director of Governmental Affairs at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also was a senior policy analyst with the Maryland General Assembly under the Department of Legislative Services. Her health care finance experience includes being a senior financial analyst at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has a Master’s in Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
The Maryland General Assembly is the legislature for the state of Maryland. It is in session for four months of the year from January through April. During that time over 2500 bills are introduced. Hearings are held and votes are taken. There are two chambers in the General Assembly. One is the House of Delegates and the other is the Senate. Each chamber has standing committees based upon general subject matter. The state has 47 districts represented by 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.