States Support

This section of our site is devoted to providing information regarding the work that the NCCAOM Advocacy team has accomplished in the state regulatory arena.

The NCCAOM Advocacy team is committed to advancing NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ in the state regulatory arena. For a list of state licensure requirements in each state please go to the NCCAOM State Licensure Map.  For more information about NCCAOM advocacy efforts, please contact advocacy team at advocacy@thenccaom.org.

February 2018

Acupuncturists Now Included in the Veterans Health Administration

The Veterans Health Administration created a qualification standard for acupuncturists to become employed practitioners at the VA. VA requires NCCAOM Board-Certification as an essential part of ensuring safe and high-quality acupuncture treatment. NCCAOM has created a map reflecting the VA Medical Center location and the number of NCCAOM Board-Certified Diplomates in close proximity.

To view the map click here

December 2017

Medicaid Program

The Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® commend the Ohio Department of Medicaid for including acupuncture as a covered service for low back pain and migraines into the state Medicaid program. Coverage for acupuncture services will take effect January 1, 2018.

To read the Press Release click here

March 2017

Acupuncture Practice Act  in Wyoming

A long, arduous journey has come to an end for acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners and proponents living in Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead signed HB 165, the state’s first law regulating acupuncture, also known as “The Wyoming Acupuncture Practice Act”, making Wyoming the 47th state to implement laws regulating the practice of acupuncture. The Wyoming Acupuncture Society, who worked closely with the bill’s authors to create and pass this milestone legislation, participated in the bill signing.

To read the Press Release click here

February 2017

Acupuncture Practice Act  in Kansas

The NCCAOM is delighted to announce that through the many years of hard work of the Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine (KSAOM), Kansas enacted an acupuncture practice act in May 2016, which allows the licensure of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in that state. The NCCAOM worked closely with the KSAOM and the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to develop and review the rules and regulations process needed to implement this practice act, which occurred throughout 2016 and 2017. Please go theKSAOM website for more information.

March 2015

Acupuncture Practice Act  in North Dakota

As a result of the efforts of a small group of dedicated acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners from the North Dakota Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and proponents of AOM in North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2191 into effect on March 23, 2015, the state’s first law regulating the practice of acupuncture.

To read the Press Release click here