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July 21, 2006

HR 818 Update - We're at 50 cosponsors, but why don't we have more

Back in September, I wrote how my congressman was the 49th co-sponsor to sign on to Maurice Hinchey's Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act that would mandate Acupuncture coverage for Medicare and federal employees. Here we are almost 10 months later, and again with my help we now have 50 co-sponsors thanks to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13th PA).

My congressman and Ms. Schwartz took no more than 2 constituents and 2 phone calls to make happen. How is it that we don't have the needed 100+ co-sponsors already. Do Acupuncturists not want this??? It seems to me that with a concerted national effort this could happen within a matter of months, certainly by the end of session deadline in November! I found this information below posted on Acu Today and I think we should all be flooding this guy's email with how we can help!

"Your help is needed to help move this bill. Please contact Robert E. Marcus, J. D, of Marcus & Associates, lobbyist for the AOM Alliance and the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations (CAOMA), by e-mail at Marcus_Associates@yahoo.com, or by telephone at (276) 492-8098, so you can find out the name of your U.S. Representative and how you can urge your congressperson to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 818."

Posted by Admin at July 21, 2006 11:42 AM


If their is any way that I can become active in making H.R. 818 go through please contact me directly through my email. I am a student at the Swedish Institute and I was a political science major in my undergrad. I hope to marry the two some how and lobbying for this bill would not be a distraction to me whatsoever.

Posted by: Freddy Rodriguez at September 8, 2006 04:02 PM

Hello, I am a disabled person with severe back pain. I have degenerative disc disease in my Lumbar vertebrae L4 and L5. I am very interested in having acupunture done for my pain and fatique from the pain. I have Medicare but cannot afford the prices of the local acupunturist near me. If there is anything I can do to help pass this bill please email me at jnish@flash.net
Thanks, Juli

Posted by: Juli Nishimuta at October 11, 2006 10:34 PM