Rep. Schwartz joins Rep. Robert A. Brady (D), 1st district, who also represents Philadelphia, and is a three-time co-sponsor of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act, in becoming the second member of the 19-member Pennsylvania congressional delegation to co-sponsor Rep. Maurice Hinchey's (D), 22nd district, New York, acupuncture bill in the 109th Congress, (2005-2006).
Rep. Schwartz and the other sponsors make up half of the 100 co-sponsors needed for Rep. Hinchey's bill to encourage the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to hold a hearing on this important piece of legislation. H.R. 818 would amend Title 18 of the Social Security Act by reimbursing qualified acupuncturist's services under Medicare Part B, and amend Title 5 of the U.S. Code by reimbursing qualified acupuncturist's services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. In the last Congress, the 108th (2003-2004), there were 63 co-sponsors of H.R. 1477, the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2003.
Your help is needed to help move this bill. Please contact Robert E. Marcus, J. D, of Marcus & Associates, lobbyist for the AOM Alliance and the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations (CAOMA), by e-mail at
, or by telephone at (276) 492-8098, so you can find out the name of your U.S. Representative and how you can urge your congressperson to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 818.