Kimberly Henrie is a wife, mother, grandmother, personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga teacher, podcaster, voice over talent and a wellness enthusiast. She likes to approach life healthfully, but in a way that is easy to integrate into the lives we live today. Watch this blog for easy solutions to fit into our fast-paced, convenience driven lifestyles. Kim strives to bring peace, a sense of balance and acceptance to what is going on around us so that we can enjoy all that life has to offer.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Is the Affordable Care Act Good for Integrative Therapies?

We are just a couple months away from open enrollment in the so-called "ObamaCare" health plans.  It seems important that we go into this new season of health and wellness care with open eyes and a sense of direction.  In the spirit of sharing the journey, below are a couple of items that have come across my desk in regards to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Article: ACA Hikes Status of Alternative Medicine, at Least on Paper

Here's an excerpt:
One clause of the health law in particular -- Section 2706 -- is widely discussed in the alternative medicine community because it requires that insurance companies "shall not discriminate" against any health provider with a state-recognized license. That means a licensed chiropractor treating a patient for back pain, for instance, must be reimbursed the same as medical doctors.
I am excited about this because it appears to open up the possibility of integrative therapies to the general population on the same level as what we've come to call standard medical care.  If these clauses hold weight, then we will all have more and better choices as to how we get and stay well in the future.

And here is an opinion piece recently published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent newspaper.  Author James Kellogg believes the new healthcare laws are unhealthy for America. According to Kellogg,
Obamacare contains close to 20 tax increases, most affecting the middle class. The Treasury’s inspector general called it “the largest set of tax law changes in 20 years.”
So armed with this and other information we've passed along, what are your thoughts on the upcoming changes?   Do you agree with Mr. Kellogg?

Read more about the ACA on the Health Care Reform page.

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