House Bill 2966

At the request of: (at the request of Jonathan Schell, L.Ac.)

Chief Sponsors: Representative Barton

Bill Title: Relating to acupuncture;

Catchline/Summary: Directs Oregon Medical Board to study regulation of and reimbursement for acupuncture services and report to Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2015.

Directs Oregon Medical Board to study regulation of and reimbursement for acupuncture services and report to Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2015.

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Analysis: Oregonians do not need to pay for or regulate acupuncture, a pseudo-medicine not grounded in reality.

Current Status: in the House Committee On Health Care

In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session.

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Senate Bill 631 Provides comprehensive health care coverage to all individuals residing or working in Oregon.

Chief Sponsors:Senator Dembrow , Senator Shields , Representative Smith Warner , Representative Williamson

Regular Sponsors:Senator Monroe , Senator Prozanski , Senator Riley , Representative Barker , Representative Barnhart , Representative Buckley , Representative Doherty , Representative Frederick , Representative Gallegos , Representative Gomberg ,Representative Gorsek , Representative Helm , Representative Holvey , Representative Hoyle , Representative Keny-Guyer , Representative Lininger , Representative Lively , Representative Nathanson , Representative Nosse ,Representative Rayfield , Representative Reardon , Representative Vega Pederson , Representative Witt

Bill Title:Relating to statewide health care coverage;

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While providing health call for all Oregonians, unfortunately the bill includes naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists (bold added) :

The plan shall pay the costs of health services that are medically necessary or medically appropriate for the maintenance of health, the prevention of health problems and the diagnosis, treatment or rehabilitation of a health condition, within the scope of coverage prescribed by the Health Care for All Oregon Board, including but not limited to the following categories of health services: (a) Primary and preventive care, including health education; (b) Specialty care; (c) Inpatient and outpatient hospital care and emergency care; (d) Home health care; (e) Prescription drugs according to a drug formulary; (f) Durable medical equipment, including prosthetics; (g) Mental and behavioral health services; (h) Substance abuse treatment; (i) Dental services; (j) Chiropractic and naturopathic services; (k) Women’s health services; (L) Ophthalmic services, as well as basic vision and vision correction; (m) Diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and other diagnostic and evaluation services; (n) Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services, including physical, speech and occupational therapy; (o) Emergency transportation; (p) Translation of spoken and written language; (q) Palliative and hospice care; (r) Podiatry; (s) Acupuncture;....

Current Status:   In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session..