Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act. The bill requires that at least one Veterans Administration (VA) health facility per Integrated Service Network provide acupuncture services to veterans enrolled in the VA health system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
“As part of my commitment to ensuring quality healthcare for all Americans, I have been proud to fight for the field of acupuncture. For millennia, traditional Asian medicine has been treating a range of health problems. It led to a Noble Prize for Medicine in 2015 and was even on display at the 2016 Olympics. As our nation faces the worst opioid epidemic in our history, acupuncture can serve as a safe and proven alternative to addictive medicines and risky surgeries. I believe that veterans should have more options for healthcare, not fewer. That is why I’m introducing this bill to ensure that our veterans can access acupuncture as part of the menu of options available to them.”
The bill language can be found here.
The bill is endorsed by the American Legion, the Korean Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Association in USA, and Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations (CAOMA).