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AOMSM Legislative Summit

  • 10/31/2010
  • 9:00 AM - 12:59 PM
  • NESA

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AOMSM Legislative Summit Sunday, October 31

The AOMSM Insurance Task Force is organizing a Legislative Summit Sunday, October 31 from 9 am to 1 pm at the New England School of Acupuncture.  This is an invitation to all interested Massachusetts acupuncturists to participate in setting the future legislative goals for the state acupuncture association. 

The summit will focus on political action that will increase access to Oriental medicine by expanding insurance coverage for acupuncture.  Participants in the summit will include a wide spectrum of leaders and practitioners from across the AOM community and related professions in Massachusetts.  The meeting will be run by a professional facilitator to guide the process and assist with community building.  In late September, summit attendees will be sent background information on the topics to be discussed.  Other approaches can be proposed in addition to the ones listed below and anyone with other ideas is welcome to submit them.  The goal of the summit is to create broad support for a legislative strategy and identify people to lead the efforts.

If you know someone outside the acupuncture profession who could contribute to this discussion and is interested in being part of this effort, please forward this invitation to them.  

TOPICS
There are three approaches that have been raised for consideration:
1) Legislation requiring insurance equality - would require that insurance policies that cover acupuncture by a physician cover acupuncture performed by a licensed acupuncturist (licensing parity) with an equal reimbursement rate (reimbursement parity).  An insurance parity bill requiring licensing parity was introduced in the Massachusetts legislature in 2002 and did not get out of the Joint Financial Services Committee.

2) Legislation mandating coverage of acupuncture - would require all insurance policies to cover acupuncture.  A bill mandating coverage of acupuncture performed by licensed acupuncturists was introduced to the legislature in 2009 and was determined to need more study.

3) Repeal referral requirement for coverage of acupuncture by Workman's Comp - currently, acupuncture coverage under Workman's Comp requires a referral from a licensed MD, DC, DO, PA, NP or PT.

Please contact Dawn Meltzer at new.dawn@verizon.net or telephone 413-637-9993 if you are interested in attending the summit.

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