Roy Blunt

Sen. Roy Blunt
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) is continuing his push to expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act. Blunt joined law enforcement and mental health officials in Springfield Tuesday to discuss the program.  

“There are 24 states that would like to be the pilot states who, in the properly defined facilities, right kind of staff and 24/7 availability, would make the government, as the payer, treat mental health the same as other health,” Blunt said.

Sen. Roy Blunt
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In launching his re-election campaign Friday, Senator Roy Blunt says the U.S. Senate should not appoint any nominee to the Supreme Court until after the next president is chosen.

It was among some of the positions he took in announcing his quest for a second term in the Senate and came as part of a 10-stop, two-day tour across Missouri. on Friday afternoon, he stopped at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield.

Missouri could be one of the first states in the nation to test a new mental health care program designed to expand access to treatment.

The pilot program was created by the Excellence in Mental Health Care Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) and signed into law in 2014 as part of a broader Medicare reform measure. It sets quality standards for community mental health centers in participating states and more fully funds treatment for Medicaid patients.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt met with representatives from a variety of Springfield organizations at Burrell Behavioral Health Tuesday to talk about mental health.

He talked about an opportunity for eight pilot states through the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which he co-sponsored, to establish a model where behavioral health is treated like all other health.

"Federally qualified clinics that offer behavioral health, community mental health clinics more fully integrated in understanding who we are," he said.

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The Affordable Care Act will remain functionally the same, following Thursday’s Supreme Court 6-3 ruling.

This means that the approximately 198,000 Missourians who receive insurance discounts from the government will continue to receive these funds.