Keep Acupuncture Out of Health Insurance in Louisiana

Dear Friend of CFI in Louisiana,

I’m writing to urge you to tell your state senator to oppose an unnecessary and dangerous piece of legislation that undermines Louisiana’s public health. This legislation has already passed the House and will soon be considered by the Senate Committee on Insurance.

House Bill No. 152 (HB 152) requires all large group health insurance plans to cover acupuncture. If enacted, this legislation would undermine Louisiana’s public health by legitimizing a pseudoscientific medical practice. In addition, it would take money from the pockets of Louisianans by forcing insurance providers to raise premiums. Please help us stop it in its tracks.

Acupuncture is a medically ineffective practice with no grounding in modern medical theory. Hundreds of scientific randomized, controlled trials have shown that acupuncture is not effective in treating lower back pain, addiction, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arm pain due to overuse syndrome, chronic asthma, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, allergic rhinitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In some cases, acupuncture is actually outperformed by a placebo.

Louisiana’s Legislative Fiscal Office estimates that private health insurance providers would need to raise premiums by an estimated $600,000 to $800,000 in Fiscal Year 2021, increasing to $1.2 million to $4 million by Fiscal Year 2025, to cover the cost of this sham treatment. In addition, insurers would likely need to cover the increased medical expenditures that follow when patients lose time that could have been spent treating their illnesses with evidence-based medicine.

I urge you to tell your senator today to strongly oppose HB 152 and the attack on public health and science that it represents. Let’s stand up together for medical science and the benefits that it brings to the people we care about.

 

Sincerely,

Jason Lemieux

Director of Government Affairs

Center for Inquiry

Sincerely,

Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry


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