Medicare News: Mental Health & Medicare Benefits

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is excited to share that it has updated its Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) content on The content updates are part of the CMS broader Behavior Health Strategy and will make it easier for users to access mental health and substance use disorder information. Visit to see the new updates.

You never know what someone else is going through until you ask. Make it a point to check in with your loved ones during Mental Health Awareness Month, which promotes positive mental health and prevents substance use. For resources and support, visit to explore options, find 24/7 crisis counseling, confidential treatment referrals, and more. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call, text 988 or chat, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 911 if you’re in an immediate crisis.

Medicare and Mental Health Benefits

As a reminder, Medicare Part B helps pay for the following behavioral health services:

  • One depression screening per year
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Family counseling, if the main purpose is to help with your treatment
  • Testing to find out if you’re getting the services you need and if your current treatment is helping you
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication management
  • And more

Our knowledgeable Insurance Specialists offer a variety of free Medicare classes and workshops, throughout the year at SourcePoint and off-site locations. SourcePoint is a non-profit organization that provides unbiased information about Medicare so you can make informed decisions when choosing your coverage. All classes are free. No sales or promotions are involved. We do not represent or sell insurance products. For more information and to register for an upcoming workshop, please call 740-363-6677 or enroll here.

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