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A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 09, 2013

A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

Dear Colleagues:

For decades, AOM professionals have worked tirelessly to educate their critics on the proven benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Our community continues to demonstrate that there is room for both medical cultures and sciences in complement of one another to benefit patients and their healing processes. As more and more audiences promote the benefits of AOM—patients, clinicians, policymakers, etc.—the time has never been better to present a unified voice supporting federal recognition of our medicine.

If we are to convince our nation’s policymakers that our medicine must be included in the federal standards about to be implemented, we need to do it now. Otherwise, policies that we do not embrace will be adopted, and AOM will continue to struggle for recognition and inclusion within the nation’s healthcare system.

On behalf of millions of patients who need and desire acupuncture services, it is essential that we move forward with a united front. through a powerful advocacy effort. Over twenty-five thousand letters were sent to legislators who heard our collective voice Federally-mandated health insurance coverage for acupuncture has already been achieved via our Essential Health Benefits call to action. Thanks to the powerful advocacy efforts of the AAAOM and our partners, nearly 54 million Americans in six states and four territories now have access to acupuncture that is covered by health insurance. This means practitioners in California, Alaska, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington—as well as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands—will not only be able to serve more patients but will significantly grow their practices.

From a timing standpoint, the AAAOM couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to press for this added coverage, given that our soon-to-be-launched annual public awareness initiative will dovetail nicely with a variety of federal legislation about to be introduced.

Your national association is working tirelessly on your behalf. We ask for your continued support and action to make discrimination concerning medical approaches a thing of the past and - unfettered patient access our reality.

Sincerely,

Denise Graham

AAAOM Executive Director

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