Gallagher bill to modernize Pennsylvania’s acupuncture law passes House

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Today, House Bill 1490, introduced by state Rep. Pat Gallagher, D-Phila., passed the House and will head to the Senate for future consideration.

This bill would amend the Acupuncture Licensing Act to provide title protection for licensed acupuncturists and practitioners.

It also would provide an opportunity for acupuncturists licensed in other states to attend or conduct educational events, as well as volunteer in the commonwealth in an emergency. 

Finally, it would require continuing education for license renewal, bringing acupuncturists in line with requirements in other states and other licensed healthcare providers in Pennsylvania.

“As acupuncture has become a fast-growing therapy for people suffering from different types of pain, it’s important we modernize practices and ensure patients are getting the care they need,” Gallagher said. “Today’s House vote was a great step for this bill, now I urge my Senate colleagues to get it to the governor’s desk.”