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Key Tai Chi and Qigong Events in 2014
published on December 16, 2013

The 2014 ATCQA Contest to Support the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Following the successful writing contest in 2012, ATCQA will hold another contest early 2014. Among the prizes for the winners there will be the official T shirts of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event. The details of the contest will be announced in our January newsletter. In 2014, the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event will take place on April 26.

The International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium

In July of 2014, the world's foremost authorities on the five traditional Chinese Family Schools of Tai Chi Chuan, as well as other top Tai Chi Chuan practitioners and scholars will gather at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky for an international level Tai Chi Chuan Symposium.

This Symposium will be the second time this event will be held in the United States. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to study with five of China's top Masters -

Chen Style: Master Chen Zhenglei, a 19th generation exponent of his family's traditions.
Yang Style: Master Yang Jun, a 6th Generation descendent from the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and 5th Generation inheritor.
Wu (Hao) Style: Master Zhong Zhenshan, who became e a formal disciple to Yao Ji-zu at the age of 13.
Wu Style: Master Ma Hailong, whose great-grandfather, Wu Quanyou, created the Wu Style.
Sun Style: Master Sun Yongtian, who studied for many years under the guidance of Sun Jianyun, the daughter of the founder of Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan, Sun Lutang.

You can find more information about this event on its website:

More Incentives from the Obamacare Rules for Wellness Programs

Tai Chi and Qigong have become more and more popular in community and corporate wellness programs.

Because of the Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), beginning in 2014, $200 million will be made available for wellness grants for small businesses that employ fewer than 100 individuals that work 25 hours or more per week. The grants will be available to businesses over a five-year period if the business did not have a wellness program in place when the law passed in March 2010. This means more businesses can be potential clients for Tai Chi and Qigong instructors, and more channels for American people to access Tai Chi and Qigong.

The new rules for Wellness programs also present a greater opportunity on another front.

Under the previous HIPAA wellness regulations, the maximum financial incentive plans could offer for participation in health-contingent wellness programs could not exceed 20% of the health plan's premiums. However, as permitted by the Affordable Care Act, the new regulations increase the maximum reward to 30% of the premium for health-contingent wellness programs.

Health contingent wellness programs are further divided into two types: "activity-only" and "outcome-based" wellness programs. Under an activity-only wellness program, an individual must perform or complete an activity related to a health factor to obtain a reward. An activity-only wellness program does not require the participant to attain or maintain a specific health outcome. Tai Chi and Qigong can be considered "activity-only" programs like walking or diet. So the new rule can mean higher financial incentives for people to do Tai Chi and Qigong.




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