IHPC’s Call to Action on “The Expanding Care for Veterans Act” — H.R. 4887 — which would expand Federal support for complementary and integrative health (CIH) services for veterans — has generated more than 1900 letters of support from our ACTION page.
Introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley of California’s 26th District (the region of Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles), the bill would direct the Veterans Administration (VA) to “conduct research, education and the delivery of CAM therapies to the nation’s veterans” over a three-year period.
The program would also “assess the feasibility and advisability of integrating CAM with other health care services provided by VA medical centers.”
VA medical centers across the nation have increased incorporation of selected CAM services in recent years. In 2012 the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) appointed a national leader in integrative medicine, Tracy Gaudet, MD, as director of the newly established Office of Patient Centered Care ad Cultural Transformation. Dr. Gaudet had been director of The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine.
The legislation responds in part to the growing evidence in combat and veterans health that CAM services can offset the side-effects of opioid-based pain killers such as oxycodone, Vicodin and Darvon that have grown to epidemic proportions across the nation.
Denise Graham, at-large board member of IHPC, told Massage Magazine that CIH therapies “could help reduce veteran’ dependence on opioids, which military personnel increasingly use for pain relief. The IHPC is keenly aware of the growing dependence on opioids in America and within the ranks of our military personnel,” she said. “We have become a pharmaceutical society whose dependence on opiates is costing our government billions of dollars and costing individuals their health.”
See the complete article here at Massage Magazine.
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