Public comments needed as Medicare considers adding acupuncture coverage.

There has been a recent proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain in the wake of the opioid crisis. You can read the article.

Health Secretary Alex Azar said, “Defeating our country’s epidemic of opioid addiction requires identifying all possible ways to treat the very real problem of chronic pain, and this proposal would provide patients with new options while expanding our scientific understanding of alternative approaches to pain.”

Public comments are being accepted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through August 14th. If you would like to see acupuncture added as a benefit, please click on the link HERE then hit the orange “Comment” button below the title to express your experience and interest.

I am thrilled to see that Medicare is finally considering acupuncture coverage, but it will take all of us to see it through! You can read more about the proposal HERE.

Watermelon and mint are both used in #traditionalchinesemedicine to Clear Heat. Here’s a very simple—and delicious—salad to help you beat the heat, stay hydrated and get some Vitamin A and C, Lycopene, Cucurbitacin E, and citrulline, therefore this salad is full of things that will keep you hydrated, fight cancer and inflammation, and help joint pain. Additionally, mint is known to improve digestion. 🍉🍃
Here I simply cubed some watermelon, sprinkled some feta and torn mint leaves, and added a bit of salt, pepper, and squeezed on some fresh lime juice. Simple. Delicious. Nutritious. Cooling. Enjoy!

To your health,