December 4, 2019
A670A, which would require blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage to licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), was delivered to Governor Cuomo on November 26th, starting the 10-day clock (not including Sundays or holidays) for him to act.
S3421A, which would have made licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the State Medicaid Plan was vetoed by the Governor on November 20th. While the Governor’s veto was closely tied to the $3 billion Medicaid shortage in New York, we’ve learned that the message has reached Governor Cuomo and that he may be open to working a provision into his budget – which he’s working on right now!
If you reside or work in New York State, please take a moment to urge Governor Cuomo to support access to creative arts therapies.
CALL TO ACTION
Call 518-474-8390, fill out this contact form, or mail your letter to this address:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
- Ask him to sign A670A into law
- Ask him to write coverage for licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), (S3421A) into his State budget.
- Write a short paragraph on the life-enhancing work you do as an art therapist in NY, working under the LCAT.
Thank you for your support!