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May 25, 2007

Hinchey Bill Moving Forward for the First Time

H.R.1479 is the latest edition of the Hinchey Bill. This is the bill that would mandate Acupuncture coverage for both Medicare and the Federal Employee Benefits Plan. As I stated back in November, and have now been vindicated, voting for Democrats to take over the House and Senate was the only way to get this bill passed. For the first time since 1993 it is now actually moving to committees. Though it only has 12 cosponsors, it has the greatest chance of getting passed over the next 18 months that ever before. Thomas Link

I will not lie, I have mixed feelings on this bill. On the one hand, my busy, cash based practice may well go the way of many chiropractors' who have either packed up or refused to take insurance as every year their reimbursements sink further and further. On the other, if we really wanted Acupuncture to be a true complimentary medicine, accessible to not just the higher socio-economic class, this would be the way. Additionally, this would be our "in" to every hospital in the country. It would be ten times easier to convince hospital administrators to allow staff Acupuncturists to do rounds and work on in-patients.

Additionally, all those "Community Acupuncture" clinics popping up across the country would be defunct in my mind cause REAL community Acupuncture would be done by a societally funded healthcare...aka...Medicare.

Posted by Admin at May 25, 2007 10:40 AM