On April 6, IHPC Co-Chair Margaret E. Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APRN, APHN-BC on behalf of the IHPC members sent a letter to the New Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Honorable Xavier Becerra.
The letter stated, “On behalf of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), we are writing to congratulate you on your recent confirmation to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). IHPC is a broad-based coalition of organizations whose mission is to eliminate barriers to health. IHPC includes 26 organizations representing more than 650,000 state licensed, certified and/or nationally certified healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, registered nurses, doctors of chiropractic, naturopathic doctors, licensed acupuncturists, licensed massage therapists, and academic, research, clinical, and public education organizations.”
And went on provide, “In recent years, the consortium has worked closely with HHS to develop and promote recommendations issued by the non-partisan Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report of 2019. This report, which was led by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), highlighted pain as a leading health challenge to the nation and its direct impact on the opioid crisis. In addition, the report documented considerable evidence regarding health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations in the prevalence and treatment of pain-related conditions that are attributed to factors of our current health systems. We look forward to working with you and your staff to resume efforts regarding implementation of the report’s recommendations.”
And provided statement on priorities, “In addition, IHPC anticipates working with your Administration to address priorities, which we communicated to the Biden-Harris HHS agency review team in the attached letter. These priorities include expanding the delivery of integrative health services through Federally Qualified Health Centers, and expanding Medicare and Medicaid coverage of services. This may be accomplished by expanding the coverage of Section 2706 of the Public Health Service Act to include all public (federal) health programs. This provision, entitled, Nondiscrimination in Health Care,” which became law through the Affordable Care Act, is vitally important.”
The submitted letter may be viewed here: IHPC welcomes HHS Sec_4_6_2021