Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Kansas currently do not
have licensing for the practice of acupuncture by acupuncturists. The
Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine has
been working to introduce legislation to license acupuncturists in
KS. In 2012 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
wrote a letter opposing the licensing act for acupuncture.
Recently the KDHE reviewed the 2012 letter and has since changed their
oppion to neutral on the issue of acupuncture licensing. This is a
big step forward in getting acupuncture licensed in Kansas. It removes
a major obsticle to introducing and passing legislation in the 2016
session, a goal that KSAOM hopes to make a reality.
Several organizations continue to support KSAOM’s goal of licensing
for acupuncturists in Kansas, including the NCCAOM and the newly
foremed American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). NMSAAM is a member
of ASA and will continue to support licensing for acupuncturists in
all 50 states.