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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1593         FILED ON: 2/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3519

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

William Smitty Pignatelli

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An act relative to insurance coverage for acupuncture.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

James B. Eldridge

 

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Christopher N. Speranzo

3rd Berkshire

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Michael R. Knapik

 

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1593        FILED ON: 2/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3519

By Mr. Pignatelli of Lenox, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3519) of William Smitty Pignatelli and others relative to insurance coverage for acupuncture.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An act relative to insurance coverage for acupuncture.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 160 the following section:-

              Section 160A.  The needles used in acupuncture shall be sterile, one-use, disposable, solid filiform instruments which shall include but not be limited to: dermal needles, plum blossom needles, press needles, prismatic needles and disposal lancets.  The use of staples in the practice of acupuncture shall be prohibited.

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 47AA the following section:-

              Section 47BB.  (a) All individual or group accident and health insurance policies and health service contracts delivered, issued or renewed by an insurer or nonprofit health service corporation which provide benefits to individual subscribers and members within the commonwealth or to all group members having a principal place of employment within the commonwealth shall provide benefits for the acupuncture diagnostic techniques in subsection (b), the acupuncture services in subsection (c), and the adjunctive therapies in subsection (d); provided those techniques, services and adjunctive therapies are provided by an acupuncturist licensed under sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of chapter 112.

              (b) Acupuncture diagnostic techniques shall include, but not be limited to, the use of observation, listening, smelling, inquiring, palpation, pulses, tongue, physiognomy, 5 element correspondences, ryodoraku, German electro-acupuncture, and thermography.

              (c) Acupuncture services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) auricular, hand, nose, face, foot and/or scalp acupuncture therapy; (ii) stimulation to acupuncture points and channels by use of any of the following: needles, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, magnets, scraping techniques, ion cord linking acupuncture devices with wires, hot and cold packs, electromagnetic wave therapy and lasers; manual stimulation, including stimulation by an instrument or mechanical device that does not pierce the skin, massage, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu and tui na; and electrical stimulation including electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

              (d) Adjunctive therapies shall include, but not be limited to: (i) oriental nutritional counseling, and the recommendation of nonprescription substances that meet the federal Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements as dietary supplements to promote health; (ii) instruction and training of meditation, breathing techniques and therapeutic movement exercises, including, but not limited to, tai chi, Qi Gong, Sotai; and (iii) lifestyle, behavioral, supportive, educational and stress counseling.

              (e) If an insurer or nonprofit health service corporation denies benefits relative to acupuncture diagnostic techniques, acupuncture services or adjunctive therapies, the denial must be by, under the direction of, or subject to the review of an acupuncturist licensed under said sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of said chapter 112.

              SECTION 3.  Said chapter 175 is hereby amended by inserting after the section 205 the following section:-

              Section 205A.  (a) The commissioner shall not approve a policy under section 205 that does not provide benefits for the acupuncture diagnostic techniques in subsection (b), the acupuncture services in subsection (c), and the adjunctive therapies in subsection (d); provided those techniques, services and adjunctive therapies are provided by an acupuncturist licensed under sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of chapter 112.

              (b) Acupuncture diagnostic techniques shall include, but not be limited to, the use of observation, listening, smelling, inquiring, palpation, pulses, tongue, physiognomy, 5 element correspondences, ryodoraku, German electro-acupuncture, and thermography.

              (c) Acupuncture services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) auricular, hand, nose, face, foot and/or scalp acupuncture therapy; (ii) stimulation to acupuncture points and channels by use of any of the following: needles, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, magnets, scraping techniques, ion cord linking acupuncture devices with wires, hot and cold packs, electromagnetic wave therapy and lasers; manual stimulation, including stimulation by an instrument or mechanical device that does not pierce the skin, massage, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu and tui na; and electrical stimulation including electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

              (d) Adjunctive therapies shall include, but not be limited to: (i) oriental nutritional counseling, and the recommendation of nonprescription substances that meet the federal Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements as dietary supplements to promote health; (ii) instruction and training of meditation, breathing techniques and therapeutic movement exercises, including, but not limited to, tai chi, Qi Gong, Sotai; and (iii) lifestyle, behavioral, supportive, educational and stress counseling.

              (e) If benefits relative to acupuncture diagnostic techniques, acupuncture services or adjunctive therapies are denied under a policy under said section 205, the denial must be by, under the direction of, or subject to the review of an acupuncturist licensed under said sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of said chapter 112.

              SECTION 4.  Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 8DD the following section:-

              Section 8EE.  (a) Any contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan delivered, issued or renewed in the commonwealth shall provide as benefits to all individual subscribers and members within the commonwealth and to all group members having a principal place of employment within the commonwealth for the acupuncture diagnostic techniques in subsection (b), the acupuncture services in subsection (c), and the adjunctive therapies in subsection (d); provided those techniques, services and adjunctive therapies are provided by an acupuncturist licensed under sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of chapter 112.

              (b) Acupuncture diagnostic techniques shall include, but not be limited to, the use of observation, listening, smelling, inquiring, palpation, pulses, tongue, physiognomy, 5 element correspondences, ryodoraku,  German electro-acupuncture, and thermography.

              (c) Acupuncture services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) auricular, hand, nose, face, foot and/or scalp acupuncture therapy; (ii) stimulation to acupuncture points and channels by use of any of the following: needles, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, magnets, scraping techniques, ion cord linking acupuncture devices with wires, hot and cold packs, electromagnetic wave therapy and lasers; manual stimulation, including stimulation by an instrument or mechanical device that does not pierce the skin, massage, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu and tui na; and electrical stimulation including electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

              (d) Adjunctive therapies shall include, but not be limited to: (i) oriental nutritional counseling, and the recommendation of nonprescription substances that meet the federal Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements as dietary supplements to promote health; (ii) instruction and training of meditation, breathing techniques and therapeutic movement exercises, including, but not limited to, tai chi, Qi Gong, Sotai; and (iii) lifestyle, behavioral, supportive, educational and stress counseling.

              (e) If a non-profit hospital service corporation denies benefits relative to acupuncture diagnostic techniques, acupuncture services or adjunctive therapies, the denial must be by, under the direction of, or subject to the review of an acupuncturist licensed under said sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of said chapter 112.

              SECTION 5.  Chapter 176B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4DD the following section:-

              Section 4EE.  (a) Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement delivered, issued or renewed in the commonwealth shall provide a benefits to all individual subscribers and members within the commonwealth and to all group members having a principal place of employment within the commonwealth for the acupuncture diagnostic techniques in subsection (b), the acupuncture services in subsection (c), and the adjunctive therapies in subsection (d); provided those techniques, services and adjunctive therapies are provided by an acupuncturist licensed under sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of chapter 112.

              (b) Acupuncture diagnostic techniques shall include, but not be limited to, the use of observation, listening, smelling, inquiring, palpation, pulses, tongue, physiognomy, 5 element correspondences, ryodoraku,  German electro-acupuncture, and thermography.

              (c) Acupuncture services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) auricular, hand, nose, face, foot and/or scalp acupuncture therapy; (ii) stimulation to acupuncture points and channels by use of any of the following: needles, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, magnets, scraping techniques, ion cord linking acupuncture devices with wires, hot and cold packs, electromagnetic wave therapy and lasers; manual stimulation, including stimulation by an instrument or mechanical device that does not pierce the skin, massage, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu and tui na; and electrical stimulation including electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

              (d) Adjunctive therapies shall include, but not be limited to: (i) oriental nutritional counseling, and the recommendation of nonprescription substances that meet the federal Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements as dietary supplements to promote health; (ii) instruction and training of meditation, breathing techniques and therapeutic movement exercises, including, but not limited to, tai chi, Qi Gong, Sotai; and (iii) lifestyle, behavioral, supportive, educational and stress counseling.

              (e) If a medical service corporation denies benefits relative to acupuncture diagnostic techniques, acupuncture services or adjunctive therapies, the denial must be by, under the direction of, or subject to the review of an acupuncturist licensed under said sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of said chapter 112.

              SECTION 6.  Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4V the following section:-

              Section 4W.  (a) Any group health maintenance contract shall provide coverage for the acupuncture diagnostic techniques in subsection (b), the acupuncture services in subsection (c), and the adjunctive therapies in subsection (d); provided those techniques, services and adjunctive therapies are provided by an acupuncturist licensed under sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of chapter 112.

              (b) Acupuncture diagnostic techniques shall include, but not be limited to, the use of observation, listening, smelling, inquiring, palpation, pulses, tongue, physiognomy, 5 element correspondences, ryodoraku, German electro-acupuncture, and thermography.

              (c) Acupuncture services shall include, but not be limited to: (i) auricular, hand, nose, face, foot and/or scalp acupuncture therapy; (ii) stimulation to acupuncture points and channels by use of any of the following: needles, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, magnets, scraping techniques, ion cord linking acupuncture devices with wires, hot and cold packs, electromagnetic wave therapy and lasers; manual stimulation, including stimulation by an instrument or mechanical device that does not pierce the skin, massage, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu and tui na; and electrical stimulation including electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

              (d) Adjunctive therapies shall include, but not be limited to: (i) oriental nutritional counseling, and the recommendation of nonprescription substances that meet the federal Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements as dietary supplements to promote health; (ii) instruction and training of meditation, breathing techniques and therapeutic movement exercises, including, but not limited to, tai chi, Qi Gong, Sotai; and (iii) lifestyle, behavioral, supportive, educational and stress counseling.

              (e) If a health maintenance organization denies benefits relative to acupuncture diagnostic techniques, acupuncture services or adjunctive therapies, the denial must be by, under the direction of, or subject to the review of an acupuncturist licensed under said sections 148 to 162, inclusive, of said chapter 112.

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