Workers Compensation Bill (Senate #7634/Assembly #9721)
Authorizes the care and treatment of injured employees by duly licensed or certified acupuncturists under the workers’ compensation program.
Herb Bill (aka Public Safety Bill) – ***VICTORY—PASSED*** (Senate #3911B/Assembly #2558A).
On November 4th, 2016, Licensed Acupuncturists in New York celebrated as Governor Cuomo signed A.2558A Gottfried / S.3911B Nozzolio into law as Chapter 400 of the Laws of 2016. The new law adds herbal medicine to the scope of practice of acupuncturists in New York. Originally pioneered and drafted by the hardworking volunteers of the former New York State Acupuncture Coalition (NYSAC) the bill has been championed by the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY). After amending the bill and clarifying its purpose, ASNY was able to secure its passage in both the Assembly and Senate. Its passage would not have been possible without the strong support and advocacy of the sponsors of this bill, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senator Michael Nozzolio, or the efforts of ASNY’s lobbying team at Shenker, Russo, & Clark, LLP.ACA
In the last decade there has been much support and advocacy for this bill by many of the industry’s leading practitioners, all of the accredited schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in New York State, multiple affiliated professional AOM organizations, many of the established businesses within the AOM community, and many patients, as it is an essential clarification that accurately reflects the training Licensed Acupuncturists receive as well as protects and preserves public safety. This is an important victory, as acupuncturists receive significant training in herbal and dietary supplements, and the profession’s statutory scope of practice now reflects this commensurate with the scopes of other professions that include dietary training.
It is important to note that this bill applies only to New York State Licensed Acupuncturists, and does not prevent other individuals from recommending or selling herbal or dietary supplements, which are currently unregulated in New York State. In addition, this law in no way “licenses” any practitioner, including Licensed Acupuncturists, to engage in recommendations or administrations that they have not specifically been trained in or are not qualified to give. Therefore, the public can be assured that a Licensed Acupuncturist has met certain standards that they are held accountable to. The law takes effect immediately.