In alignment with our mission to support our members and the AOM community through education, occupational resources, media support, and legislative advocacy, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) wants to hear from you about issues impacting the profession. The form below allows you to share your suggestions and feedback. We appreciate your opinions and the time you are taking to communicate them to us.
In the 1997 Acupuncture Consensus Conference, a panel of 12 non-federal, non-advocate medical and research experts, aided by an additional 25 experts after reviewing a vast body of research concluded, "The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies.” The panel also provided, "One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” The panel went on to state, "There is evidence that some patients have limited access to acupuncture services because of inability to pay. Insurance companies can decrease or remove financial barriers to access depending on their willingness to provide coverage for appropriate acupuncture services… for populations served by Medicare or Medicaid, expansion of coverage to include appropriate acupuncture services would also help remove financial barriers to access.”
More than 40% of Americans receive their healthcare through federally funded or federally supported programs. These include the Medicare population, active duty military members and their families, as well as veterans of the armed services. Further, federal employees select from insurance policies approved by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program managed by the Office of Personnel Management.
Congress has the authority to mandate access to services and to include health professionals in federal health programs. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act includes a number of provisions that were included to specifically address advancing the integration of complementary and alternative therapies and professionals across the healthcare system.
With this in mind, the AAAOM has drafted five bills which require your immediate feedback.
Click here to access the Revised Draft Legislation and Findings as of November 1, 2013.
Click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions as of November 1, 2013.