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Text of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009

This bill was introduced on January 22, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 22, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 646

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2009

(for himself, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Paul, Mr. Farr, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Nadler of New York, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Filner, and Ms. Kilroy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under part B of the Medicare Program, and to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009.

2.

Coverage of acupuncturist services under Medicare

(a)

In general

Section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(2)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (DD);

(2)

by inserting and at the end of subparagraph (EE); and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(FF)

qualified acupuncturist services (as defined in subsection (hhh));

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(b)

Services described

Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(hhh)

Qualified acupuncturist services

(1)

The term qualified acupuncturist services means such services furnished by a qualified acupuncturist (as defined in paragraph (2)) and such services and supplies furnished as an incident to services furnished by the qualified acupuncturist which the qualified acupuncturist is legally authorized to perform under State law (or the State regulatory mechanism provided by State law).

(2)

The term qualified acupuncturist means an individual who has been certified, licensed, or registered as an acupuncturist by a State (or the State regulatory mechanism provided by State law).

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(c)

Payment rules

(1)

Determination of amount of payment

Section 1833(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)) is amended—

(A)

by striking and before (W); and

(B)

by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: , and (X) with respect to qualified acupuncturist services described in section 1861(s)(2)(FF)), the amounts paid shall be the amount determined by a fee schedule established by the Secretary for purposes of this clause (but in no event shall such amount exceed the fee schedule amount provided under section 1848 for the same service performed by a physician);.

(2)

Separate payment for services of institutional providers

Section 1833(a)(2)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(2)(B)) is amended, in clauses (i) and (ii), by inserting and in the case of qualified acupuncturist services furnished at any time after 1999, each place it appears.

(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section apply to services furnished on or after January 1, 2010.

3.

Coverage of acupuncturist services under Federal employees health benefit plans

(a)

In general

Section 8902(k)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting acupuncturist, after nurse midwife, each place it appears.

(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) applies with respect to services provided on or after January 1, 2010.