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Medicare Should Cover Alternative Medicine Please Sign!!

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Alternative medicine has been used for many centuries and has proven to be very effective in health management. Acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care help to relieve chronic pain, while naturopathic, homeopathic and oriental medicine heal a wide rang

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Barb K (1688)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:44 am
Please sign this important petition!! My family has to pay for my massages out of their own pockets. Massage is a nessecity for me, it helps my muscles...

Roger Skinner (14)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:43 pm
No, Medicare shouldn't cover this stuff. A lot of it hasn't been proven to work. Too much of it is quackery. Prove it works, then Medicare should cover it. As for "Massage is a nessecity [sic] for me", then have your doctor prescribe it.

Animae C (513)
Friday May 10, 2013, 4:14 pm
3 signatures

Yes Barb massage it's a necessity for me too but i go without, i simply can't afford it.

Christeen A (369)
Friday May 10, 2013, 5:21 pm

JL A (281)
Friday May 10, 2013, 9:06 pm
Some of it has been proven by AMA standards for certain conditions (e.g., acupuncture for certain kinds of pain). Doctor referrals are required for coverage under all other systems, but Medicate denies (so many group plans no longer cover once on Medicare because the related coverage is written for Medicare compliance).

Past Member (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 9:18 pm
Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word:

Roxie H (350)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:15 pm
I am in the same boat, Doctor recommends I get acupuncture, can not afford it, and the pathetic insurance I do have has not only an incredible deductible, it doesn't cover prescriptions or alt medicines.. just horrible. So Hoping you get some relief Barb. hugs

Ruth L (242)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 4:22 am
Signed & noted. Thanks Barb

Pat B (356)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 8:35 am
Thanks, Barb, already signed.!! :-)

Autumn S (151)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 4:35 pm
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:20 pm
Definitely agree...and definitely signed. I have been getting massages and acupuncture for years out of pocket. Thanks Barb.

Mike H (252)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 8:38 pm
Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word:

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 11:17 pm
Signed and noted Barb.

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 12:23 am
Signed, but I'm sure that the big Pharmaceutical Companies will never allow this to happen...

MmAway M (506)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:47 am
Thanks Barb~ xoxo

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:56 am
Done,thx Barb.

Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:11 am
On chronic conditions. Alternative medicine often off ears superior benefits than traditional medicine. Having had one for many years it would be great to have these very important services covered! Please sign the petition!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:31 am
Signed but I almost didn't sign. I have had run ins with alternative providers both as a patient and as an insurance administrator for our business. That's can't begin to count how many incompetent doctors I have seen in the last 64 years.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:51 am
noted, signed and shared

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:00 am
Done with care

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:23 am
There should be better ways instead of medication

linda newman (3877)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:35 am

linda newman (3877)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:39 am
out standing Roxie what you wrote~many my friends said thank you~they agree~

Ro H (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:56 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:58 am
Noted, signed and shared.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 5:57 am
They might as well pay dor donuts and happy patents are healthier patients.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 6:09 am
Sorry about my grammar error. It should go this way...

Signed but I almost didn't sign. I have had run ins with alternative providers both as a patient and as an insurance administrator for our business. That cannot begin to count how many incompetent doctors I have seen in the last 64 years. Both types of providers can be excellent or worthless.

care2 needs an edit feature!

Lynn D (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 6:13 am
n, s with much thanks!

Daisy Anderson (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:03 am
I have used alternative medicine for 60 years because I'm self employed and have major medical insurance which comes wit a 5K deductible.
Please realize how important it is to add this type of health care to our insurance policies. My mother is 90 and she uses it too!!

. (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:17 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. Alternative medicine can be useful.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:25 am
noted signed!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:45 am
Signed, TU Barb

Maru V (42)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:06 am
Thank you Barb. Signed and noted.

Janet D (10)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:16 am
Without my alternative medications of alpha lipoic acid, l-carnitine, garlic, cranberry, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, omega 3 fish oil, co-q10, and nettle tea, my diabetes, polycystic kidney disease, trigycerides/cholesterol,and blood pressure would not be stable like it is today. In fact trigycerides came down from 900 to 200, and after using nettle tea for a month my creatnine came down .6 and BUN came down 16 points - that's major!

Ken AWAY L (28)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:11 pm
signed & noted, Thanks Barb.

Kevin Lewis (1)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:12 pm

Sharon H (282)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:32 pm
@Roger Skinner...deep massages indeed do help. I have a back problem and went to see a massage therapist. After only 3 sessions, the pain was all but gone. Having a doctor write a prescription for it or even a referral still won't be covered by Medicare. I can't afford the $75.00 he charges for a session so now have discontinued seeing him. It's people like you with closed minds who are in the way of allowing people to try other things when conventional medicine doesn't work. I am 100% allergic to ALL prescription pain meds and THIS was working. People like you need to get out of the way and keep taking your addictive pills like the druggies the big Pharma wants you to be.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:19 pm
Gladly signed & noted. I strongly believe in alternatives. Many thanks, Barb.

M B (62)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:46 pm
I need massage, too but can't afford it. Doctor wouldn't prescribe it, because it's too expensive. So far, I hope Medicare covers medicine at all....including alternatives.

Melania Padilla (122)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:40 pm

Tom Edgar (56)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:19 pm
Homoeopathy alone has failed every independent test for its efficacy apart from contradicting plain common sense. It has the same rate of success as a Placebo I don't see Placebos being listed as eligible for Medicare.
I have a friend a "Qualified" Homoeopath who on several occasions treated me without charge with absolutely negative outcome. I have nothing against alternate natural therapies, I daily take the Budwig Formula. However I see only that alternate therapies that pass the same tests for efficacy as is applied to conventional medication before being considered for Medicare rebates. I am old enough to remember that my G P, when I was young, actually concocted his own formulae after a consultation, much of these were purely herbal, Sarsaparilla, Aniseed, etc., Then most prescription medication was in the same category. Thankfully things have improved since then. People are living longer, and no longer do we have Polio, Meningitis, Scarlet Fever, Measles,etc., except by the crackpots who reject modern medicines.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:20 pm

Ludger W (71)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:07 pm

Robert O (12)
Monday May 13, 2013, 4:16 pm

Sheila D (28)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:12 pm
There are so many kinds of alternative medicine that work; it seems criminal not to have them covered by insurance and Medicare. Noted and signed. Thanks.

James E (16)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:13 pm
Signed! Thanks

Stuart Thomas (497)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:27 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted. Thank you, BarbKnght.

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 12:17 pm
noted & signed

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:11 pm

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 12:26 am

Julie W (32)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:43 am
By using a homepathic preparation I was able to halve my regular thyroid meds. The test figures proved it. Doc said I was crazy, but I'm just fine!

Chiropractic was regarded with suspicion 20 years ago, but is now almost mainstream. People will go with what works. But it is expensive without insurance.

Julie W (32)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:56 am
@Tom Edgar: I usually agree with your opinions, but not this one. The Swiss government (see link) gives homeopathy the thumbs up. They would not acept it it it didn't work. As it can work on small children and animals, it's not possible it's only a placebo.

But it does have to be individually prescribed, so the practitioner has to be very experienced, and sometimes intuitive.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:14 pm
Medicare should be covering us 100% and not 80%.Many people can be treated with accupunture like myself. We can have a chance of getting better without undergoing surgery and many useless medications! noted and shared,ty

Diane L (110)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:47 am
Roger Skinner, I disagree with your comments 100%.............alternative medical approaches are not QUAKERY! Medicare would actually save money if they paid for such things. Have "your doctor prescribe it"? What on EARTH are you smoking? If a doctor prescribed it, it would still not be paid for by Medicare if an "alternative" medicine/therapy/approach. Some supplemental policies pay for chiropractic, or P.T. to a certain extent, but not enough. Mine will pay for 6 "treatments" a YEAR if my doctor recommends or refers me to a chiropractor or P.T., but that rarely fixes anything. They'll pay for narcotic pain meds, however! IF I paid a monthly premium, I COULD upgrade my coverage...............yeah, like it computes to pay $30/month to get $10 paid towards a chiropractor's visit. How many on pensions can afford $30/month for such things? That's one of the cheaper ones.

Diane L (110)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:50 am
Now, after reading the details of the petition, I'm sorry to say I won't sign for two reasons...........there is no definite "recipient".............the U.S. Congress is not a valid recipient of a petition, folks. It has to be an individual or a group with a name. This petition will end up going NOWHERE, and I've never seen one accomplish a thing that has nothing but a list of names. Valid petitions require names, addresses including ZIP CODES and usually an e-mail address. This one has none of those things.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:25 am
Noted and signed! Thank you, Barb!

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 5:34 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared and signed. I think whatever helps should be used, but I do think and know that with many insurance policies and even with medicare if the doctor prescribes and is willing to fight for it, they will pay. You should also check out Obamacare. They have a sliver slippers program that is free; it involves water exercises and other means to help pain and rehabilitation.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:25 am

Past Member (0)
Friday May 31, 2013, 6:40 am

Debbie Crowe (87)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 12:06 am
Signed. Maybe one day Medicare will wake up and realize alternative medicine is better than having a bunch of medications in a person's system!
Thanks, Barb!

Patricia R (13)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 10:39 am

Debra Taylor (2)
Friday September 6, 2013, 12:02 pm
this is indeed very important
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