KS Acupuncture Practice Act Signed by the Governor – NEW update!

Here’s our most recent update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KsAOM, on May 13, 2016:

THE KANSAS ACUPUNCTURE ACT HAS PASSED!!!  IT WAS FINALIZED LATE TODAY BY THE GOVERNOR!!!  Friday May 13, 2016

Here’s our most recent update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KsAOM, on May 2, 2016:

The Kansas Acupuncture Practice Act was vote through the House and Senate.  It is off to the Governor’s desk, which might take up to two weeks.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Here’s our most recent update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KsAOM, on April 27, 2016:

Tomorrow MAY be a BIG Day for Acupuncturists.

It looks as if the KS House of Representatives MAY vote on our bill, HB2615, TOMORROW EARLY AFTERNOON. We won’t know for certain until it happens, but the schedule is looking like it will work out that way.
SO, watch your email for news, or go to the audio feed (House of Rep.) on the KS legislature website Home page and listen, or come to Topeka and sit in the gallery and watch, to find out if Kansas Acupuncture history is made tomorrow. . . !
Send good Qi in Support of Licensing for Acupuncturists in Kansas!

TODAY, March 22nd, was a BIG DAY.  SB363 WAS VOTED THROUGH THE SENATE!!

The vote was 38 to 2 in favor!! The Kansas Acupuncture Practice Act now moves to the House side.  We are so hopeful that all goes well.

Acupuncture licensing for Kansas could become a reality in 2016!

 

This has been an intense process involving grassroots education, legal counsel, lobbying, and the efforts of our members and patients. The foundation has been laid and our efforts are paying off. The Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine needs donations from supporters and colleagues to finish the work and make this a reality!  45 states license acupuncture – LET’S MAKE THAT NUMBER 46 THIS YEAR!
PLEASE DONATE AT WWW.KSAOM.ORG TODAY!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ACUPUNCTURE LICENSING!

 

Here’s an update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KsAOM, from 2/23/16:

Thank you for your tremendous support!
At this time, please STOP all calls to Kansas Senators.
It was helpful but now we have been asked to give them a break since it is off the floor and back in committee.
The amendment that the PTs put on our bill was very controversial and it was decided that it needed to go back to committee so it could be given a more in-depth review and determine it’s merits. This is good news.
Once our bill and the PT amendment reached debate on the Senate floor, our Senators who were prepared to champion our bill brought out some of the discrepancies in the PTs amendment that caused the Senate leadership to feel they didn’t have the right information to judge the PT amendment. The PTs had written the amendment to be exempted from our scope, and to add dry needling into theirs by amendment to our bill. They and their lobbyists had blanketed the legislators with erroneous information and muddied the issues to such an extent that the legislators didn’t know what to believe. They tried to get dry needling into their scope and exempted from our bill at the same time, by amendment. It was crazy, but there are 2500 of them, and three lobbyists, and 28 of us and one lobbyist. . .!
Yes, that was their plan. And it has been sidetracked for now.
Let us hope that the truth can be made apparent at the re-hearing!

And here is a response one of our AAM members received directly from Senator Marci Francisco:

Thank you for contacting me about your concern regarding Senate Bill 363, the bill pertaining to the licensure of acupuncturists. I did sign on as a sponsor of this bill; I believe it is important to provide for licensing and bring this practice under the Kansas Healing Arts Act. The bill does not revoke the right to practice acupuncture for anyone who currently has that right including doctors, dentists, chiropractors, naturopaths, podiatrists and veterinarians.

I was pleased that this was one of the 35 bills on the list for debate on Monday, Feb. 22nd.  Senator O’Donnell offered an amendment that had been discussed with the proponents of the bill to include terminology already in use by the Board of Healing Arts and make a few other substantive changes to the bill.  A second amendment was offered by Senator Love to add “licensed physical therapist” to the list of professions that can practice acupuncture under their scopes of practice and also to amend the Physical Therapy Practice Act to include dry needling.  A request was made to split the two parts of this amendment so they could be voted on separately; the bill was passed over without action on this second amendment. 

The legislature met again Tuesday, but leadership did not bring this bill up for discussion.  The Senate Vice-President withdrew SB 363 from the calendar and referred it to the Committee on Ways and Means.  That action will mean that the bill will stay alive after the turn-around deadline for bills to be sent to the House at the end of this week.  The Ways and Means Committee is likely to refer it back to the full Senate for action.  

I understand the background to be that a coalition of physical therapists petitioned the Board of Healing Arts to determine whether or not “dry needling” is within their scope of practice. The Board suggested that the Kansas Association of Physical Therapists (KPTA) bring the issue of whether or not manual therapy includes the process of dry needling to the legislature for clarification. Although that clarification would be possible through an amendment, I believe it would be better accomplished through a bill debated on its own merit that could address the concerns of necessary training for that procedure.  I assume that all parties are being asked to work on a compromise; there is a great deal of interest and support for the bill.

Marci Francisco

Kansas Senator, 2nd District

 

Here is an update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KSAOM, from 12/16/15:

Hello acupuncturists,

We are fast approaching the legislative session, and in Kansas, this means licensing efforts are in high gear. We have contacted our key legislators personally, and ALL our legislators either personally or through mail, along with contacts from our patients and supporters.
Something you could do – please encourage supporters to like and follow our Facebook pages. 
“On the Road for Acupuncture”
“Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine”
We have had some people who consider the “number of followers” to indicate our level of support (erroneous, but fine, something we can influence) so please help us get the largest number possible. “On the Road for Acupuncture” has been hovering just below 1500 for months. Our “Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine” page numbers are rather low.

 

Here is an update from Sandra Wilkes, President of the KSAOM, from 11/13/15:
Wonderful News!!
Last session our bill was blocked by a letter of recommendation written by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in 2012, AGAINST our licensing. In response to the request of KsAOM, the KDHE reviewed the 2012 final report to the legislature, and has issued a new letter of report.
The new letter states that the director of the KDHE now has a neutral response to the issue.
Our bill sponsor, Senator Michael O’Donnell, has been contacted and has agreed that he can introduce our bill in 2016!
This was a huge obstacle that has now been cleared!! Celebration all around!
Hold the vision for licensing in 2016!