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 Some things I learned from the WEAMA rep: the association was founded in 1985. It costs $180/yr. for a license as of now, but back when the association started it was $900/yr. (!) This money, of course, goes to pay our lobbyists in Olympia to keep chipping away at the list of things we aren't allowed to do as part of our scope of practice; the WEAMA board is all-volunteer. 

Sadly, WA is in the bottom 25% of states as far as getting L&I money from the government-- not that it matters to acupuncturists currently, because we aren't allowed to bill them under workers' comp claims. That should change soon, or so we hope. There are only about 750 licensed acupuncturists in WA, which seems a bit low to me. 

Finally, it was Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, who made it so we're "East Asian Medicine Practitioners" instead of "Oriental Medical Practitioners" or just "acupunturists." 

More info at RCW 18.06.
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