US Senator Bernie Sanders (Ind.-VT) and the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) have placed “licensed complementary and alternative medicine providers and integrative health practitioners” in the Kennedy-HELP bill’s definition of health professionals. This is not the only mention of “complementary and alternative medicine,” or “integrative care” or “integrative practitioners” in the bill however. The Samueli Institute’s vice president Brian Thiel guides us to other mentions in the Kennedy-HELP draft legislation. These are in sections the establish a “wellness council” and on the medical home. Small steps, maybe; but signs of prospective integration into US healthcare policy.
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