Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit

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.

If you are a consumer or acupuncturist in support of acupuncture treatments being included as part of an EHB, you should send an email showing your support for acupuncture to:

Department of Human and Health Services:  EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov

The window of opportunity for you, the public, to voice your opinion to the government about how you feel is between now and January 31, 2012.  Act now!

Below is a link with some more information on acupuncture and EHB:

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32458

 

 

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