In the News… April 2010

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded to a question during her appearance at the National Press Club April 6. Sebelius was asked about the role of alternative medicine in health care reform—whether things like acupuncture or homeopathic remedies will or should be covered.
Sebelius diplomatically avoided taking a stand on the value of alternative medicine, and stressed that private plans—not the feds—will decide what to cover.

“I anticipate there will be plans offered in the new exchanges, which will give patients a wide variety of choices,” she said. “While there’s likely to be a definition of what is a preventive care plan, insurers are likely to compete based on having a more wide range of choices for consumers.”

“I think our comparative effectiveness research will continue to look at variety of alternatives for expensive care, whether or not earlier interventions, or more homeopathic therapies, or a variety of choices, are ones that really do lead to better health outcomes at a lower cost. And I think those are often consumer choices, and also wise healthcare choices.”

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