Do you want to help establish a new paradigm of health care for humanity and the planet? One way to have an impact is to use your voice as critical legislation is being considered. We hope you will consider getting involved!
The DARK Act
Important action regarding GMO product labeling, thanks to our friends at Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC):
Do you care about knowing what you put in your body? 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMO products, yet the “Safe and Effective Food Labeling Act of 2015” (H.R. 1599) moved swiftly through Congress and is on its way to the Senate.
Despite the misleading title, America’s food industry is attempting to NOT require mandatory labeling of GMO. To make matters worse, there’s a clause in the bill that legally restricts states from passing their own labeling laws to protect their citizens.
We support GMO labelling efforts, and we support the defeat of this bill.
Please send an email to your Senator(s) strongly recommending they do not support the bill.
On the bright side, S. 511 (also known as the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act”) introduced in February, 2015, is the antithesis of S.1406, supporting mandatory GMO food labeling. Please support Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and her colleagues to promote this legislation in lieu of H.R. 1599.
Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act
Section 2706 went into effect in January 2014 and states that “group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any healthcare provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable State law.” This means that all state licensed providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, naturopathic physicians and others can be reimbursed as long as they operate within their scope of practice.
This significant ruling not only substantially improves accessibility and affordability for patients to integrative therapies but offers providers the opportunity to fully participate as part of the patient’s healthcare team in managing their health. The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium is conducting studies to identify cost savings, cost effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and outcomes of integrative approaches to care.
This work is led through our partnership with the Commons Health Network, with whom we are working to support integrative, place-based models of health, using a commons framework.
One project is the Commons Health Hospital Challenge, which recognizes hospitals that have adopted three key goals:
Phase-out of sugary beverage sales
Adoption of the WHO Baby Friendly Guidelines
A Measureable Commitment to Source Local Food
Click here to learn more about the Commons Health Challenge.
H.R. 4887 – Expanding Care for Veterans Act
On June 18, 2014, Representative Julia Brownley introduced H.R. 4887, “The Expanding Care for Veterans Act,” which would provide for research, education and the delivery of CAM for our nation’s veterans. H.R. 4887 would mandate that the Veterans Administration (VA) conduct research while developing a plan that includes CAM over a three year period, thereby providing time to assess the “feasibility and advisability of integrating CAM with other health care services” provided by VA medical centers.
Support of H.R. 4887 would further enable the opportunity to determine what obstacles, if any, would prohibit the administration of CAM services within VA facilities.The IHPC believes that inclusion of the provisions of H.R. 4887 within the recently convened Conference Committee’s task of finalizing legislation aimed at improving veterans’ healthcare access would greatly further benefits available to our nation’s veterans.