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Call both your Senators and Represenatives and ask them to co-sponsor "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740 and "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. 

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Please contact your state representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

1. Find your State Representative:

• Type in your zip code here https://malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator  or here www.wheredoivotema.com 

• Or call the state house switchboard at 617-722-2800 and ask for your state representative by name.

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

About "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

The wording of this bill is address a public health and safety issue; non-physicians or non-acupuncturists practicing acupuncture in the State of MA. Across the country, a growing number of physical therapists (and other allied health professionals such as athletic trainers and occupational therapists) are circumventing state licensure requirements and regulations for the practice of medicine in general and acupuncture practice in particular by advertising and providing acupuncture services to an unsuspecting public under the term "trigger-point dry needling" (or an analogous term).

This is a serious threat to public health and safety. Follow this link to a 10 Point Brochure outlining this public health threat.   

Please contact your state representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

1. Find your State Representative:

• Type in your zip code here https://malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator  or here www.wheredoivotema.com 

• Or call the state house switchboard at 617-722-2800 and ask for your state representative by name.

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. 

About "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. 

This bill seeks to accomplish the following two important goals:

• 1.   Ensure that acupuncturists are able to be fairly reimbursed for their services by insurance plans in Massachusetts. Prohibit differentiation of reimbursement rates for acupuncture by provider types. Prohibit third party payer reimbursement for acupuncture services by anyone other than licensed acupuncturist or medical doctor. Treatment in the areas of pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse treatment, and nausea would be covered. 

• 2.   Prompt the Department of Public Health to convene a special commission to investigate the effective integration of acupuncture and oriental medicine into new practice models and payment methodologies under the health care reform.


Please contact your state representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

1. Find your State Representative:

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

About "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

The wording of this bill is address a public health and safety issue; non-physicians or non-acupuncturists practicing acupuncture in the State of MA. Across the country, a growing number of physical therapists (and other allied health professionals such as athletic trainers and occupational therapists) are circumventing state licensure requirements and regulations for the practice of medicine in general and acupuncture practice in particular by advertising and providing acupuncture services to an unsuspecting public under the term "trigger-point dry needling" (or an analogous term).

This is a serious threat to public health and safety. Follow this link to a 10 Point Brochure outlining this public health threat.   

Please contact your state representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

1. Find your State Representative:

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. 

About "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. 

This bill seeks to accomplish the following two important goals:

  • 1.   Ensure that acupuncturists are able to be fairly reimbursed for their services by insurance plans in Massachusetts. Prohibit differentiation of reimbursement rates for acupuncture by provider types. Prohibit third party payer reimbursement for acupuncture services by anyone other than licensed acupuncturist or medical doctor. Treatment in the areas of pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse treatment, and nausea would be covered. 
  • 2.   Prompt the Department of Public Health to convene a special commission to investigate the effective integration of acupuncture and oriental medicine into new practice models and payment methodologies under the health care reform.
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