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WEAMA Legislative Alert! - POSTED 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 4:14 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

WEAMA Legislative Alert!

Please call your state Senator and ask for a yes vote on SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine!

WEAMA’s bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Sponsor: Rep Eileen Cody) is near the finish line! The bill has passed the House of Representatives (96 yeas, 2 nays), passed the Senate Health Care Committee unanimously, passed out of the Rules Committee and is on the Consent Calendar waiting to be pulled to the floor of the Senate for a final vote. Once the bill passes the Senate it will go to the Governor for signature into state law. The bill:

  • Changes the name of the profession from "East Asian medicine" and "East Asian medicine practitioner" to "acupuncture and Eastern medicine" and "acupuncturist (or acupuncture) and Eastern medicine practitioner."
  • Directs the Department of Health to adopt a rule requiring completion of continuing education for acupuncturists.
  • Repeals laws related to the approval of applications and requiring an examination fee for East Asian medicine practitioners and application of the East Asian medicine chapter to previously registered acupuncture assistants.

We need our profession to call their State Senators! If you are not sure who your State Senator is, please enter your home address at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Here is a sample message for your Senator:

Dear Senator ________,

Thank you for all your hard work this legislative session! I am a licensed acupuncturist (East Asian Medicine Practitioner) in your home district and am asking for your support for SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, which is on the Consent Calendar and waiting for a vote on the floor of the Senate.

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 in getting this important bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine pulled to the floor of the Senate for final passage! Thank you.

Sincerely,