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Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Hearing Scheduled!

The following information is taken from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts:

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture
Hearing Scheduled

We're excited to announce our next important step in getting HO3519 through the legislative process. There will be a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services on September 20, 2011, from 1-4 pm in Room 437 at the Massachusetts State House (On Beacon and Park Street, at the Park St. MTA station). A roster of experts and patients will speak to the importance of mandated insurance reimbursement for acupuncture for all people of the Commonwealth. This hearing will determine if our bill goes forward in this session. With our energies and talents, we can make this happen!  Thank you for all of your work so far.
 
Action Steps

  • Send written testimony on the benefits of acupuncture on letterhead to Naomifalson@gmail.com.
  • Come to the hearing with or without testimony. Bring friends, family, and supporters. Your participation will emphasize the support that acupuncture enjoys in Massachusetts.

Petitions

  • Stop by our office to sign one of our petitions.

Call

If you are not able to attend please call one or both of the Co-Chairs of the committee and ask them to support the bill.

Senator Anthony Petruccelli (617) 722- 1634, Anthony.Petruccelli@masenate.gov
and Representative Michael A. Costello (617) 722- 2220, Michael.Costello@mahouse.gov
 
A sample script reads as follows:
"My name is ------and I live in ------. I am calling in support of Bill HO3519. I urge the Senator/Rep ----- to support this bill.  This bill will help to increase the access and affordability of acupuncture for the public and decrease health care cost throughout the state.
In 1997 the National Institute of Health Consensus Committee on Acupuncture recommended that acupuncture be integrated into our health care system and that Medicare and Medicaid reimburse for its use. I urge Senator/Rep------ support in moving this important matter forward."
 
Cut and Paste
 
From this letter, create a letter of your own asking your friends and family to call the co-chairs and go on-line to sign the petition. To find the petition on-line go to Change.org.

Passing legislation is a long process and you will be hearing from us occasionally about how you can help ensure the passage of this legislation. For this bill to have a chance to pass, it is crucial that we all become active and participate in any way we can.
Please forward this email to anyone who supports acupuncture!!
 
If you have questions or if you'd like more information about helping with getting the bill passed please contact Naomi Alson at 413-243-0654 or email naomifalson@gmail.com. For more information on the bill, go to the AOMSM website.
 
Thank you for your continued support,
 
The AOMSM Insurance Task Force

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