Federal coverage for Acupuncture services

Acupuncture practitioners are recognized as medical professionals in most of the U.S. and some private health insurance policies offer coverage for acupuncture services, but not federal insurance policies — like Medicare.

I just argued for establishing AOM post-graduate clinical residency programs, akin to those that the Western medicine profession has. Those programs are largely paid for by the U.S. government and federal insurance — like Medicare.

For YEARS, there have been attempts to gain federal insurance coverage for acupuncture services, which would benefit millions of people (Medicare subscribers, Medicaid subscribers and federal government employees). Years, and they’ve all landed in committee, also known as  politically nowhere. We’ve gotta get these moving along!

Failed Acupuncture Inclusion Bills since 1980

1980: H.R. 7642 (96th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment. Referred to Committee.

1981: H.R. 3945 (97th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment. Referred to Committee.

1981: H.R. 3851 (97th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment. Referred to Committee.

1983: H.R. 3792 (98th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment. Referred to Committee.

1983: H.R. 1082 (98th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment. Referred to Committee.

1985: H.R. 1032 (99th): A bill to provide benefits under part B of the medicare program with respect to acupuncture treatment in States which license or certify individuals who furnish such treatment.. Referred to Committee.

1993: H.R. 2588 (103rd): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 1993. Referred to Committee.

1996: H.R. 3292 (104th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 1996. Referred to Committee.

1997: H.R. 1038 (105th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 1997. Referred to Committee.

1998: S. 2340 (105th): Patient Access to Acupuncture Services Act of 1998. Referred to Committee.

1999: H.R. 1890 (106th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 1999. Referred to Committee.

2001: H.R. 747 (107th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2001. Referred to Committee.

2003: H.R. 1477 (108th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2003. Referred to Committee.

2005: H.R. 818 (109th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2005. Referred to Committee.

2007: H.R. 1479 (110th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2007. Referred to Committee.

2009: H.R. 646 (111th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009. Referred to Committee.

2011: H.R. 1328 (112th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2011. Referred to Committee.

2013: H.R. 3799 (113th): Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2013. Referred to Committee.

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