H.R.3849 - ACUPUNCTURE FOR HEROES AND SENIORS ACT OF 2015
To serve the millions of patients in need of our services, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) drafted H.R.3849 (full text) with Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who has since sponsored the bill. H.R.3849 mandates access to the federal healthcare system. The bill is now before congress (in committee). The bill is supported by all major national acupuncture organizations. This marks a big leap forward for our profession. Healthcare is evolving and it is essential that acupuncture and Oriental medicine be included as part of these changes. We welcome your feedback on H.R.3849, just fill out the form below. Please also sign the Change.org petition.
Information regarding the bill and contacting congress can be found here:
This bill is the product of years of profession-wide collaboration and marks the single biggest step forward in the history of the acupuncture profession in the US.
The bill language can be found here:
"The bill permits members of the uniformed services access to qualified acupuncturist services without the requirement of a referral and requires that acupuncture services be offered to all veterans. The bill also ensures that qualified acupuncturist services are covered by Medicare so that seniors have another effective treatment option available to them. In addition to increasing access, the bill recognizes the important contributions of this medical field and makes acupuncturists eligible for appointments as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces and in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps."
The bill is endorsed by various acupuncture organizations including the AAAOM