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WEAMA Legislative Alert! SHB 1865 Being heard in the Senate Health Care Committee! - POSTED 3/14/19

March 14, 2019 12:12 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

WEAMA’s bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Sponsor: Rep Cody), has passed the House of Representatives and moved to the opposite house (Senate) for a public hearing.

SHB 1865 has a public hearing scheduled in the Senate Health Care Committee on March 20th at 1:30 pm in the Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 4!

You are welcome to attend the public hearing and sign in to support the bill. The address is: 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, Washington. The more the merrier!

I will be meeting WEAMA members in the Prichard Building Cafeteria on the Capitol Campus around 12:30 pm. Its right next to the Cherberg building and I can help attendees sign in to support the bill and find the hearing room and seating.

If you have live in a district with a legislator on the Senate Health Care committee, please send them a message to support the bill! Only call Senators on the Health Care Committee for now. When the bill passes to the floor of the Senate for a vote we will contact all state Senators!

Here is a link to the members of the Senate Health care committee: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTC/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

If you are not sure who your State Senators are please enter your home address at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

You might find this overview of the legislative process helpful to see how the passage of our bill moves through the legislative system: http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Overview.aspx

Here is a sample message for your Senator:

Dear Senator ________,

I am a licensed acupuncturist (East Asian Medicine Practitioner) in your home district. I am asking that you please vote in support of SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. The bill changes the name of the profession by eliminating the term “East Asian” to “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine” which recognizes the common use of the term acupuncture and assures that the broader system of medicine is acknowledged.

This bill is very important to our profession to align with federal efforts to include acupuncture in Medicare and to combat opioid addiction by offering acupuncture as an alternative to opioids. It also addresses concerns from members of the acupuncture community regarding the term “East Asian” which some consider offensive.

The bill also provides authority for the Department of Health to establish Continuing Education requirements in rule and changes the name of the “East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee” to the “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Advisory Committee”.

I would appreciate your support and vote for SHB 1865 in the Senate Health Care committee to keep this bill moving towards final passage! Thank you.

Sincerely,