H. R. 646
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 22, 2009
Mr. Hinchey (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of
Coverage of acupuncturist services under Medicare
Section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(2)) is amended—
and at the end of subparagraph (DD);
and at the end of subparagraph (EE); and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
qualified acupuncturist services (as defined in subsection (hhh));
Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Qualified acupuncturist services
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).
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).
Determination of amount of payment
Section 1833(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)) is amended—
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);.
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
and in the case of qualified acupuncturist services furnished
at any time after
1999, each place it appears.
The amendments made by this section apply to services furnished on or after January 1, 2010.
Coverage of acupuncturist services under Federal employees health benefit plans
Section 8902(k)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is
amended by inserting
midwife, each place it appears.
The amendment made by subsection (a) applies with respect to services provided on or after January 1, 2010.