As mentioned in previous blogs, I graduate this trimester. I
have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at NUHS. I have felt
privileged and thankful to have the opportunity to write this blog
every week. Next trimester, there will be a new AOM blogger. The
new blogger is Dia Pfleger. She is an amazing and inspiring
Dia Pfleger with President Winterstein at the White Coat
Ceremony for AOM students
Dia Pfleger is a married mom with five wonderful children. She
has also worked well pursuing her studies at NUHS. In Dia's words:
"I became interested in alternative medicine three years ago when
my son Mykael, now age six, was diagnosed with severe/ADHD autism.
My interest also led to my career change from a corporate human
resource manager for the past 10 years to pursing my master's
degree in AOM."
In addition to being a busy mom and career woman, Dia is
involved with many volunteer activities, and is also pursuing
additional degrees and certifications. I hope you find Dia and her
writing as motivating and insightful as I do! I have known Dia
since her first trimester at NUHS and have felt inspired by her
from the first day we met!
From Dia's perspective, "I have always believed that one person
can make a positive impact in another person's life, but we first
must begin with our 'self.' " I hope you take the time to read
Dia's weekly blogs starting in January. I believe Dia has a lot of
wisdom and awareness to share!
Petition for Change
Dia recently wrote a very interesting article regarding making
acupuncture an essential health benefit. Since this week is
election week, I thought it was very pertinent to share her
thoughts. Since she wrote it, some changes have occurred to the
change.org website. You may find additional information about
acupuncture as an essential health benefit at http://aaaom.rallycongress.com/5887/acupuncture-as-an-essential-health-benefit-public-input/.
You may also sign the petition to help make acupuncture an
essential health benefit via a link on this AAAOM website.
The Future of AOM May Be Threatened
It rings true that one person can make a difference and we can
make a difference here at NUHS. There are many issues active right
now that are dramatically threatening the future of acupuncture
practice in Illinois and nationally. The top topics that may have a
future impact on AOM students and current AOM practitioners in
Illinois are:restrictive dietician laws that could influence your
ability to practice herbal medicine and give nutritional advice
based on traditional Chinese medicine.The third topic in Illinois
is the process of determining which services will be included as
Essential Health Benefits under the state's insurance exchange.
Acupuncture and licensed acupuncturist services immediately fall
under the following 10 ten categories of ACA health benefits:
ambulatory patient services, maternity and newborn care, mental
health and substance use disorder services, rehabilitative and
habilitative services, preventive and wellness services and chronic
disease management, and pediatric services.I want to note
that this petition regarding the state's insurance exchange will be
presented to Governor Quinn and the Health Care Reform
Implementation Council if we areable to generate
Recently, organizations like the ILAOM are currently working to
oppose this bill and also include Acupuncture and Licensed
Acupuncturist services as EHB's in Illinois' Essential Health
Benefits (EHB) Benchmark plan. If you have not
already, please take a look at the petition below from our partner,
the National Health Freedom Coalition, and sign and share.
(Information provided below)
I want to encourage students and faculty to sign the online
petition and write to the National Freedom Coalition. It only takes
one person to make a difference and there is strength in numbers to
oppose this bill. Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit: The
petition has reached over 1,000 signatures and we need 3,800 more
PLEASE SHARE AND SIGN! We want to show the legislature how
Illinois citizens feel about this issue. See
(works best on Safari and Firefox).
Action Needed in Illinois
Oppose Senate Bill 2936 as written and
request health freedom exemption amendment!
OPPOSE and AMEND Illinois S.B. 2936, the Illinois Dietitian
Licensing bill! Illinois' current monopolistic dietitian law is
scheduled to be automatically repealed in 2013 and Senate Bill
2936, introduced in 2012, is attempting to extend the law until
2023. The Illinois Dietitian and Nutrition Services law is one of
the most restrictive monopolistic dietitian laws in the U.S. and
needs to be repealed.
National Health Freedom
2136 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116-1863