WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman David Trone (MD-06) introduced the bipartisan Opening Plans To Individuals and Offering New Services (OPTIONS) for Mental Health Act, legislation that will allow employers to provide families with first dollar coverage of mental health services up to $500 per family via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The bill will be marked up by the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

“Our nation’s mental health crisis is devastating our communities, and we must do everything possible to increase access and affordability to critical mental health resources,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick, co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force. “The OPTIONS for Mental Health Act will empower families to use their Health Savings Accounts to utilize mental health services at a more affordable rate, which will improve outcomes and save lives.”

"To truly end our nation's mental health crisis, we must work to ensure care is accessible and affordable to all in need. Sadly, we're failing to provide Americans with this life-changing support, leaving approximately 42 percent of adults without treatment because it's too expensive," said Congressman Trone. "I'm proud to partner with Congressman Fitzpatrick on the OPTIONS for Mental Health Act to help remedy this problem and allow employers to provide folks with additional coverage of mental health services. When we lower out-of-pocket expenses and make health care more affordable, we save lives. Plain and simple." 

Read the text of the bill HERE.