The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009
Mar 11, 2011 02:56PM
In January Congressman Maurice Hinchey of New York introduced HR 646, The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009. Passage of HR 646 would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under Part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and Disabled) of the Medicare Program. It would also amend Title 5 of the United States Code to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Passage of the bill would open the door for other insurance companies to cover acupuncture and enable greater access to this ancient healing art across the country.
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) is conducting a grassroots campaign asking for support in the passage of HR 646. The AAAOM is also lobbying for a companion bill to HR 646 to be introduced in the U.S. Senate.
The AAAOM asks HR 646 supporters to send a letter to their representatives by visiting www.RallyCongress.com/aaaom and clicking on “CONTACT CONGRESS.” Fill in your ZIP code to identify your representative. The automated form letter can be sent as written or personalized.
For more information go to www.AAAOMOnline.org.