2016-06-01 / Features

Kim’s Bill For State Insurance Includes Acupuncture

Assemblyman Ron Kim is joined by Viktor Krystufek and Kevin Mendard, licensed acupuncturists from Manhattan and Long Island.Assemblyman Ron Kim is joined by Viktor Krystufek and Kevin Mendard, licensed acupuncturists from Manhattan and Long Island.

Assemblyman Ron Kim, a strong advocate for acupuncture and eastern medicine, has introduced new legislation (A. 10322) that would mandate New York State to include acupuncture as one of the covered practices under the state’s health insurance exchange program, which complies with the Affordable Care Act.

“So many New Yorkers from all communities rely on acupuncture to alleviate their chronic pain, nausea, headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility,” stated Kim. “The intent of the Affordable Care Act is to provide all Americans access to basic health care. Thousands of patients seek and view acupuncture as a form of basic health care yet their insurance will not cover it. This legislation will fix this gap once and for all. Here in New York, we are behind in embracing eastern medicine as a mainstream option and I’m determined to change this.”

Assemblyman Kim chairs the Task Force of New Americans in the New York Assembly and currently serves on the following committees: Health, Education, Housing, Social Services, Children and Families, Government Operations, and Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions.

The language of the new legislation can be found at: http://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A10322&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y

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