With Affordable Care Act enrollment scheduled to begin in October 2013 and coverage beginning in 2014, there is much speculation about what these changes will mean for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
An estimated 30 million additional people will gain access to health insurance, meaning more Americans will be covered than ever before. This change will increase the demand for health care providers. With a shift in medical thinking toward prevention rather than reactive care, CAM providers stand to see an increase in patient load as well as a higher public profile once the law takes effect.
Read a recent Washington Post article about CAM and the Affordable Care Act, featuring Bastyr University’s Jane Guiltinan, ND, Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine.