We are reposting this letter from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts. Please read and take action to increase access to acupuncture nation-wide!
Help Get Acupuncture Included into the
Affordable Care Act
January 17, 2012
Dear supporter of acupuncture,
The national acupuncture association (AAAOM) is organizing a letter writing campaign to the Department of Health and Human Services to include acupuncture in the Essential Health Benefits package under the federal Affordable Care Act. Please go to this website to send a letter to Kathleen Sebelious, and please customize the letter to include your personal experience with acupuncture. Also ask your friends, family and most importantly, patients, to take the same easy step.
The Department of Health and Human Services is currently drafting the policy for the Affordable Care Act. This gives us an opportunity to include modalities such as acupuncture and help shift the focus of health care in this country to include a more preventative and holistic approach. Please customize the letter to include your personal experience with acupuncture.
The Department of Health and Human Services will accept comments until January 31 about their plan to allow states to individually determine the list of services that will comprise the Essential Health Benefits package. Letters sent between now and January 31 will be counted by HHS. The AOM community is being advised that a strong public show of support for acupuncture as an essential health benefit will demonstrate public demand and will be noticed by policymakers. The AAAOM is looking for 40,000 to 50,000 letters nationally.
This could be a real opportunity for the acupuncture community and our patients. So please send a letter yourself and forward this email on to your friends and patient list.
Thank you for participating in the process!
Hudson Doyle, President
Kristen Whitfield, Vice President