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house Bill H.R. 2839

Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017

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Title

Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure access to qualified acupuncturist services for military members and military dependents, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure access to acupuncturist services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under the Medicare program; to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the appointment of qualified acupuncturists as officers in the commissioned Regular Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service, and for other purposes.

Summary

Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017 This bill provides access to qualified acupuncturist services for: (1) military members and their dependents under the TRICARE program, and (2) veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The position of certified, trained acupuncturist for civilian employees in the Department of Defense shall be the grade of GS-12 or higher under the General Schedule. The VA shall carry out such program at in at least one VA facility in each Veterans Integrated Service Network in both urban and rural areas. The VA shall establish the Advisory Committee on Acupuncturist Services. Title XVIII of the Social Security Act is amended to provide Medicare coverage for acupuncturist services. The Public Health Act is amended to make acupuncturists eligible for appointment as officers in the commissioned Regular Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service.

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      house Committees
      Military Personnel
      Committee on Armed Services
      Health
      Health
      Health
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2017
    Because the military men and women deserve it. it's been shown in numerous studies and trials to be a safe and effective treatment for PTSD. it's safer than opiods, that's for sure. It treats so many of the conditions affecting veterans that it seems like a no brainer. The same case can be made for seniors. Acupuncture treats so many of the problems and conditions that come with aging in a safe and effective way, without adding to the list of drugs that they're given to control symptoms. The reality in both cases is that it's usually more cost effective as well. Again. A no brainer. I would love to address Sandy 's comment, but to be honest, I don't understand the point she's trying to make, so I can't. To be fair, I am an acupuncturist and have seen first hand the amazing benefits to veterans with PTSD. it's like night and day how they walk in versus how they walk out.
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    what other purposes?
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