The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) Legislative Committee has introduced Bill HD 1593 to the Massachusetts House of Representatives that will mandate insurance reimbursement for acupuncture services.
The AOMSM Legislative Committee is reaching out to identify those that are willing to advocate for this endeavor. The history of successful legislative initiatives for the Oriental Medical profession both here in Massachusetts and nationally has never been one of deep pockets or large political machines. Success has been due to the advocates, (mostly patients) that have written letters, and made phone calls and have visited Representatives and Senators. They have told their stories of how acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been a powerful medical intervention in their lives and a tool for healing when nothing else worked. It has been the strength of these stories that has been so compelling that they have, one by one, and state by state, altered the landscape of health care in this country.
Now we endeavor to take it to another level - to give the people of this Commonwealth access to a safe and effective health care. Will you help? We need your voice. We need your advocacy in the form of connecting this effort with those legislators that may be willing to assist us in moving this legislation through the house and senate and to the governor’s desk. The connection that you have may in fact be the one that makes all the difference, not only with respect to the enactment of this legislation but to providing individuals across the Commonwealth with access to a medical care that could make a significant difference in their health and quality of life.
How you can help - go to the Massachusetts Government websiteto find your local representative and give him/her a call and/or send him/her an email using your own story or the talking points below.
Here are points that the advocates of bill HD 1593 can use in both phone conversations and emails. You are encouraged to add their own personal story as to how acupuncture has enhanced their health.
Dear Representative ___________,
(Give your name and address)
I am calling/ writing in support of HD 1593, a Bill that mandates insurance reimbursement for acupuncture. And I am asking Representative ________ to be a cosigner for this Bill. As you know, being a cosigner does not represent a commitment to vote in favor of passage of this Bill but rather acts to promote the legislative analysis of the bill’s merits. This bill represents an opportunity for the good people of the Commonwealth to be availed of a medical intervention that is in many cases clinically and economically superior to what is presently available as a covered benefit.
Thanks so much for your support!