Friday, October 4, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and Massage Therapy: A Reprise

"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 (hence "Obamacare") on March 23, 2010. 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. And with an additional 10 million uninsured individuals now mandated to acquire Health Insurance by 2014, we may see a considerable impact of Obamacare on the massage industry.

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 constantly been addressing the issue of massage and the Affordable Care Act and has always been there to make its views and progress known to the whole profession.  The details and update can be found at their website: AMTA’s Approach to the ACA. (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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