Department of Defense

In recent years, in recognition of the value and benefits of chiropractic care, Congress has passed, and the president has signed into law, legislation establishing a permanent chiropractic care benefit for both active duty military personnel and veterans. Furthermore, a doctor of chiropractic is now stationed in the U.S. Capitol to provide necessary care to members of Congress.

Nevertheless, more needs to be done. To date, there is a doctor of chiropractic at 60 military bases around the country; however, according to a 2005 Government Accountability Office report, only 54 percent of servicemen and women eligible for chiropractic care can reasonably access the benefit.

 

HR 741: Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) introduced HR 741 the “Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act.” If signed into law, HR 741 would require the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to allow any beneficiary covered under TRICARE to select and have direct access to a doctor of chiropractic.

View the full text of HR 741.
Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor HR 741.

Click on the links below to find out what ACA is doing to ensure that chiropractic care is accessible within the
Department of Defense.

Tricare Fact Sheet on Chiropractic
60 Military Bases and Counting: How DCs Can Get Hired to Care for Our Troops