Monday, August 12, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Massage Therapy

"When arguing with a stone
an egg is always wrong."
- African Proverb    

Obamacare and Massage...
The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President Obama (hence "Obamacare") on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the thousands of pages of law.
Contained in those thousand-page of law are specific information pertaining to massage therapy and how and why insurance companies should recognize and be required to cover it as both as a preventative as well as therapeutic treatment. Well, it may take several years before we see the complete impact of Obamacare on the massage industry, and it may vary from state to state.
Last weekend the AMTA addressed the issue of massage and the Affordable Care Act at their annual convention, and the details and update can be found at their website. [AMTA’s Approach to the ACA]
If you are a Massage Therapist following the evolution of the ACA as it pertains to our profession, you may be aware that the dates for implementation, the interpretations of its meanings and its legal decisions are still very much fluctuating. AMTA has always been there to make its views and progress known to the whole profession. Thank you AMTA.
For details on how ACA affects Massage Therapists, here is a related article written by Benjamin McDonald on his blog: "5 Ways Affordable Care Act [aka Obamacare] Affects Massage Therapists." The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has the complete details of the Affordable Care Act in their website.

- Leo Feraer-Oporto     

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