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Legislative Town Hall Invitation

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 11, 2013

November 4, 2013

Colleagues and Friends,

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) is pleased to invite you to an online public town hall meeting. The topic to be discussed is the AAAOM’s proposed bills. The meeting will be held on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, from 5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. Pacific time.

This invitation is being sent to AAAOM members, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), the National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations (NFCTCMO), National Guild of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NGAOM), Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), Asian organizations, the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), and AOM state associations and schools. Additionally, the invitation will be sent to licensees and students by email and posted on our website. We ask that each organization have minimally 1-3 representatives participating. Typically this would include the president/chair of the organization, a legislative liaison or lobbyist, and the chief staff member, but each organization is free to designate its own representatives. Registration will remain open until the day of the event.

We are now finalizing our five proposed legislative bills. Again we thank those of you who have thus far provided comments and publicized the call for comments. You are serving a vital role in this process, and your efforts are greatly appreciated. We encourage each of you to review and provide comments one last time. The third and final comment period will start November 1st and run through November 30th at 5 p.m. EST.

Proposed agenda:

1. 10 min - Brief introductions to panel participants
2. 10 min - Facilitator introduction, ground rules
3. 15 min - Lobbyist introduction, background on the legislative process
4. 15 min - Review of the most frequently asked questions from the comment period
5. 40 min - Open Mic - Q & A
6. 30 min - Additional overage time if required

Key Ground Rules:
1. Listen with respect
2. Respond constructively
3. Topics are limited to federal legislative efforts by the AAAOM
The stakeholder group is designed to include all interested stakeholders. The ground rules are built from a co-operative inquiry point of view. If there are stakeholders that should be included and are not listed in the above or if there is new input into the ground rules, please contact William Morris at


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The town hall meeting will be facilitated by William Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc, a past president of the AAAOM and current president of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Several experts from our legislative committee will also participate. Bill-drafting and CAM legislative expert Beth Clay, of Capitol Strategy Consultants, Inc., will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional critical information. Beth and members of the Legislative Committee will address the expressed concerns related to the Medicare opt-out clause, respond to some of the frequently asked questions, and provide meaningful feedback regarding the overall federal political process.Please watch your email, AAAOM Facebook postings, and updates on our website for any updates.

As a reminder to AOM state organizations and schools, please forward to us letters (on letterhead in PDF form) introducing your organization and providing your endorsement so we can include these in our legislator educational packet. We have legislators interested in sponsoring one or more of our legislative pieces in addition to a possible congressional resolution. Your support is very important as we move this process forward. If you have and questions about this step, please contact AAAOM Executive Director Denise Graham. All letters should be sent to by the close of the comment period so they will be included in the first version of the educational packet.

This is an exciting time in health care. With change comes opportunity. It is essential that we remain united and work to ensure AOM services are not only included as a part of the healthcare offerings, but that we enable our patients to receive the best possible care via fully-trained,competent providers. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress as we move forward.Thank you for your participation in this important process.

We very much look forward to your participation again this year, and we thank you for your continuing interest in these important milestones for our profession.


Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc
William Morris, LAc, DAOM, PhD
President, AAAOM Board of Directors
Facilitator, Legislative Townhall

Town hall agenda and ground rules: William Morris,
Legislation and bill drafting process: Michael Jabbour,
Donations and support letters: Denise Graham,

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