Colleagues and Friends:
Our formal Call for Comments surrounding the draft language for our five federal bills is now closed. I extend my thanks to the individuals and organizations for taking the time to provide us with their valuable input and/or endorsement. As noted in my August 20 President’s Letter, your ongoing feedback is a valuable contribution to the momentum we see building among potential sponsors, co-sponsors, and media working with our leadership and staff.
For the next version of the five legislative bills, the AAAOM is providing the community a second comment period throughSeptember 19th, 5pm EST. This version of these bills includes the feedback received to date along with a substantively updated Findings section that includes revisions to the Evidence-Based Acupuncture section written by the Society for Acupuncture Research. Also of note, the AAAOM has requested a detailed analysis on the facts surrounding the opt-out and mandatory provider provisions from the Congressional Research Service through one of our potential sponsors. Submit your comments on these revised bills.
We invite you to send us your letters of endorsements on your organization’s letterhead so we can include these in our sponsor educational packet. By providing these support letters, your organizations enable the profession to receive the legislative recognition it deserves. All letters should be sent to Denise Graham, AAAOM Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations and individuals have requested more information from us on the strategic and tactical plan for introducing and passing this legislation. Currently, we have several legislators interested in sponsoring one or more pieces of legislation in addition to a possible congressional resolution. In an effort to build consensus and capacity as the first step in any legislative initiative, the AAAOM plans to continue soliciting feedback via short and meaningful comment periods through October 30, while continuing to solicit ongoing contributors to the efforts.
We’re all aware that healthcare is evolving. As such, it is essential that acupuncturists’ services be included as a foundational part of this evolution. This is an exceptional opportunity for each of us to be a part of the historical changes that will clearly redefine the American healthcare system and ensure more people have access to higher quality care throughout the United States.
We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress and the momentum you have helped create.
Thank you for your participation in this important process,
Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc
President, AAAOM Board of Directors