Press Releases

Monday, December 11, 2023

Highmark Supports Legislative Action to Establish Professional Licenses for Counselors and Therapists

The House Professional Licensure Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1564 on Monday, December 11.  The legislation would establish a Pennsylvania Professional License for an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional License for an Associate Professional Counselor.

Highmark is part of the Highmark Health Enterprise, a blended health care company providing commercial health insurance coverage, Medicaid and Medicare coverage, Dental insurance, and direct delivery of health care through our Allegheny Health Network with an overarching enterprise mission to transform health care.

As a blended health care entity, Highmark is committed to public policy initiatives that balance the intersection of health care costs, access, and quality.  Our members, customers, patients, and provider partners expect access to the highest quality care, including behavioral health care. 

We support House Bill 1564 as it would create a pathway for the Commonwealth to license additional health care professionals, specifically behavioral health care providers.  Licensure will provide accountability and standards patients deserve and expect while creating opportunity for more professionals to deliver needed care.