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Legislative Alert! - 8/26/2021

August 26, 2021 8:40 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association (WAEMA) Legislative Alert!

Please submit comments to the Health Care Authority-Health Technology Assessment Program ASAP supporting acupuncture for migraine and tension headaches ASAP!

In 2017, the Health Technology Assessment program had a negative assessment for using acupuncture to treat migraine and chronic tension-type headaches. They chose Botox instead as the preferred treatment. This caused some insurers to drop reimbursement for acupuncture for migraine headaches and prevented L & I from allowing this to be a covered service in the future. Susan Birch, Health Care Authority Director, has chosen Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches to be considered for a re-review. Now is our opportunity to provide comment to support her decision and get acupuncture back as an appropriate treatment for migraine headaches! Acupuncture for chronic migraine and chronic tension-type headache selected for re-review by HTA program

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the 2021 topic selection proposed for re-review by the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program. Comments on the proposed topic will be accepted until close of business, September 2, 2021.

Submit all comments to: shtap@hca.wa.gov

Here is a copy of the letter that the WAEMA Board sent to the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program on behalf of our membership.

Letter to HTA from WAEMA

Even if the message is short and sweet, that is OK! The more people that send in comments to support and provide information to the Health Technology Assessment Program the better.

Thank you,

Leslie Emerick
WAEMA Public Policy Director

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The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington 36 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 9 democratically elected professionals in the field.