Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit - Public Input!

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Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit - Public Input!
Essential Health Benefits: In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance reform law intended to ensure access to quality and affordable health insurance for all Americans. Starting in 2014, most health plans will be required to offer a comprehensive package of items and services to patients, known as "essential health benefits” (EHB). Under the new law, EHB must cover certain specific services including emergency services, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs as well as preventive and wellness services, among others.

The AAAOM strongly supports designating acupuncture as an EHB. Our full position statement is available in the Governance section of our website at aaaomonline.orgIf you are able to contribute financial support to this effort, which will be solely used to further publicize and generate action on this issue, please click here or contact us. To participate in committee work or related research projects, please contact us at

Public Input is Needed: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently accepting input regarding their approach to establishing EHBs. A strong public show of support for acupuncture as an essential health benefit will be noticed by policymakers and will lay a solid foundation for future federal acupuncture initiatives.

Take action now: Ask your patients to send an email to the address below to show their support for EHB. Also, send your own email as a patient showing your support. Emails should request that acupuncture be designated as an essential benefit service and should share the benefits of acupuncture and its cost effectiveness. 

To send a message to HHS, visit or send an email directly to: and carbon copy so that we can track the letters sent. The deadline for comments is January 31, 2012.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to serve our profession. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact AAAOM at 1-866-455-7999, extension 3, or

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Acupuncture is an effective treatment modality that needs to be used more widely.
Acupuncture is and has been a fundamental, essential health benefit for my family of 5. We generally use western medicine techniques, but when they didn't work, acupuncture did. I strongly urge you to add acupuncture as an EHB.
Especially as we try to combat the epidemic of prescription pain killer abuse, acupuncture is a powerful pain reliever without the risk of addiction.