Say No To Licensing Alternative Therapies In Massachusetts!

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Please help us defeat S.221/ H.350, aka “The Bodywork Bill” on Monday, December 13

Please prepare written and/or oral testimony for the members of Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in opposition to these bills.

The proposed legislation S.221/H.350, An Act Regulating Alternative Healing Therapies, affects therapies such as Reiki, Asian bodywork therapy, Reflexology, Feldenkrais Method, Trager Approach, Ayurvedic Therapies, Polarity or Polarity Therapy, Structural Integration (Rolfing), Qi Gong, and Body/Mind Centering. This bill creates a licensing board with members who do not have the expertise in each of these practices, including 3 massage therapists and 2 alternative health practitioners. This board will establish professional and ethical conduct, will direct practitioners how to practice and teach, and mandate continuing education generally beyond the scope of these practices. If this bill passes it will increase the cost of practicing, reduce the number of practitioners, increase the cost to consumers, generate unnecessary barriers with higher fees to practice, increase unemployment, discriminate against low-wage earners, people of color, and women.

Short On Time? CLICK THIS LINK To Send Pre-Written Testimony To The Committee

PUBLIC HEARING DETAILS
Date:  Monday, December 13, 3031
Time: 12:00 PM

The cutoff date to register for oral testimony is 5PM, December 9. 

Register here.  
Once registered, you will receive further instructions via email.

Your Written Electronic Testimony May Be Submitted Via Email

This unnecessary licensure legislation will disrupt an already thriving and well-established industry in Massachusetts, since alternative healing treatments are currently used safely, reliably and affordably by millions of residents in the state.

Please follow these guidelines:

1. Address your email to: (copy and paste)
TO: JointCommittee.PublicHealth@malegislature.gov, susan.moran@masenate.gov, paul.feeney@masenate.gov
Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov
, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, Michael.Brady@masenate.gov,
Brendan.Crighton@masenate.gov, Edward.Kennedy@masenate.gov, Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov,
Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov,
Tami.Gouveia@mahouse.gov, David.leboeuf@mahouse.gov, Danillo.Sena@mahouse.gov

2. Write Testimony for S.221 and H.350 in the subject line.

3. Include a heading at the beginning of your testimony: Opposition to S.221 and H.350 by Your Name 

4. Add your name, street address, town, state and zip at the end

5. Personal letters are most impactful.  A sample for you to personalize is included below.

6.  If you don’t have time to write a personal email, pleasclick on this link and you will be directed to a letter

Please be advised that the hearing will be recorded, and the recording will be provided to Legislative Information Services for later viewing on the “Hearings & Events” page of the General Court’s website. All testimony submitted to the Committee is public information provided upon request . By submission, you agree to release to the public all information you have included.

The Committee will make reasonable efforts to ensure the email address or other contact information provided will not be published.  Please do not include any information you do not intend to make public, such as medical or other sensitive information.

In addition, the hearing will be livestreamed via the Facebook public page of Chair Tackey Chan
https://www.facebook.com/RepTackeyChan 

A Facebook account is not required to view the livestream using the above link.

The schedule and agenda are subject to change at the discretion of the Chairs. Further, the Chairs may schedule an executive session to coincide with this hearing.

Do not hesitate to contact Al Anzola (Alberto.Anzola@mahouse.gov) and Tara Wilson (Tara.Wilson@masenate.gov) with any inquiries.

Sample Letter That You Can Use To Write For Your Testimony

The email should be addressed to the following individuals:  

To:

jointcmteconsumerprotection@malegislature.govpaul.feeney@masenate.govMichael.Brady@masenate.gov,brendan.crighton@masenate.govedward.kennedy@masenate.govBruce.Tarr@masenate.govTackey.Chan@mahouse.govMary.Keefe@mahouse.govRady.Mom@mahouse.gov,Joan.Meschino@mahouse.govtami.gouveia@mahouse.govdavid.leboeuf@mahouse.govDanillo.Sena@mahouse.govJacob.Oliveira@mahouse.govjoseph.mckenna@mahouse.govSteven.Howitt@mahouse.govsusan.moran@masenate.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov

Sample Email:

(Month) (Day) (Year)

The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
The State House
24 Beacon Street, Room 42
Boston, MA 02133

RE:  Testimony in Opposition to S.221 and  H.350, An Act Regulating Alternative Healing Therapies

Dear Chairs, Senator Moran and Representative Chan, Vice Chairs Senator Feeney and Representative Keefe, and Members of the Committee:

My name is (your first and last name) (or I am writing on behalf of a business or organization) and I am a (type of practitioner, teacher or consumer) who resides in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Do not add where you reside if you do not live or work in MA. Please note, that anyone in the US can join in writing a letter of opposition)

State why you oppose the bill or other issue here.  Include a personal story.  Tell the Committee why the issue is important to you and how it will affect you, your family, and your community (and/or organization or business).

Also, choose up to three of the strongest points that support your position from the fact sheets linked below and state them clearly.

· FACT SHEET  – TALKING POINTS
· FACT SHEET –  PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING

Example: I want to voice my strong opposition to S.221 and H.350 as it affects over 100 holistic modalities (or 150 different styles of Reiki practice) that will not be fairly represented with the proposed Board of Massage and Alternative Healing Therapies.  There is no risk of harm to the public from these modalities. The restriction that you can only be licensed if you receive training at a program licensed by the state will put many holistic health care practitioners and teachers out of business and on unemployment because of the burdensome fees.  They will limit healthcare choices for consumers, raise prices of sessions, and close hospital and hospice volunteer programs.

Please vote no on S.221 and H.350. I would greatly appreciate a response.  Thank you for your time and consideration of this issue.

Sincerely,

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