Health law boosts status of alternative medicine — at least on paper

(Mike Harrington) Jane Guiltinan said the husbands are usually the stubborn ones. When her regular patients, often married women, bring their spouses to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health to try her approach to care, the men are often skeptical of the treatment plan — a mix of herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and sometimes, conventional medicine. After 31 years of practice, Guiltinan, a naturopathic physician, said it is not uncommon for health providers without the usual nurse or doctor background to confront patients’ doubts. “I think it’s a matter of education and cultural change,” she said. As for the husbands — they often come around, Guiltinan said, but only after they see that her treatments solve their problems. Complementary and alternative medicine — a term that encompasses meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic care and homeopathic treatment, among other things — has become increasingly popular. About four in 10 adults (and one in nine children) in the U.S. are using some form of alternative medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. And with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the field could make even more headway in the mainstream health care system. That is, unless the fine print — in state legislation and insurance plans — falls short because of unclear language and insufficient oversight. 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. In addition, nods to alternative medicine are threaded through other parts of the law in sections on wellness, prevention and research.

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Nearly one-third of these young people live in California, Texas and Florida. “So we need to send them to those websites which have all the information they need about health reform,” Mrs. Obama said. In the remarks, the first lady tied the push to get the uninsured to sign up for health care to her campaign against childhood obesity, which she said is seriously affecting the health of Latino children. She called the epidemic a policy, public health, family and community issue, and urged families to make the right diet and exercise choices for children who don’t know enough to make the smart decisions on their own. “We know better. And that is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children. This is a gift,” she said. The first lady also mentioned immigration policy, saying President Barack Obama is working and fighting “every step of the way” on what is a priority issue for the president and for the group. The Senate has passed an immigration bill, but prospects in the House are less clear. “But do not give up, because I promise you that my husband won’t give up until a good bill gets on his desk,” she said. Benjamin Hernandez, a Houston resident who works for the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, said he was thrilled that the first lady encouraged Latinos to sign up for health insurance.

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