Federal Employee Program

Click here to access the ACA's 2015 Federal Employee Program benefits overview.

A decision by the ACA, the Virginia Chiropractic Association (VCA) and the other chiropractic plaintiffs in 2001 to remove the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) from a federal lawsuit against Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield paved the way for significant and substantive discussions between ACA and BCBSA on a range of insurance-related issues.  And as a direct result of these settlement negotiations, BCBSA  agreed to include a chiropractic manipulation benefit with limited x-rays in the BCBSA FEP basic and standard options.  This inclusion brought about a welcome change in status for doctors of chiropractic, as they became formally recognized as “covered providers” under both the BCBSA FEP basic and standard options.  Under the BCBSA FEP, “covered providers” are eligible to be reimbursed for providing physical therapy services, if such services lie within their respective state scope of licensure. 

Since 2001 the ACA has lobbied for increased coverage for chiropractic care under the Federal Employee Program.  In 2015 under both the standard and basic options chiropractic manipulations and physical therapy services are eligible for reimbursement. For more information on the specific details of the benefit please read the 2015 Federal Employee Program Summary Plan Description.  If you are having problems with processing Federal Employee Program claims please contact ACA's Payment Policy Department.
FECA Chiropractic Benefits
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) manages the payment of workers' compensation benefits to personnel of all branches of the United States government.  Under FECA the definition of "physician" includes surgeons, podiatrists, dentists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, osteopathic practitioners, and doctors of chiropractic within the scope of their practice as defined by state law. For more information, click here