National Medicare Equality Petition: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why the term “Petition?”
A: “Petition” signifies a focus on a certain subject or cause. The issue for this campaign is Medicare and how chiropractic patients should have full access to Medicare covered services provided by doctors of chiropractic. We have found that there is a favorable acceptance of this term, especially in social media circles, and individuals are more likely to lend their support behind an issue that is targeted and focused.
Q: How can DCs enlist individuals for the National Medicare Equality Petition?
A: DCs can contact their patients, family, and friends to join the petition, primarily through this website: www.acatoday.org/equality. Individuals can click on the link and provide name, e-mail address and zip code. This information will then be transmitted to, and collected by, the ACA home office. There is also a paper form that individuals may sign, but it is envisioned that most information will be collected electronically.
Q: What will ACA do with the names we collect?
A: Names and other information will of course be protected and not sold or shared with a third party. Individuals who join the petition will be sent, on a to-be-determined basis, Action Alerts urging them to contact their House and Senate members advocating for unimpeded chiropractic inclusion in Medicare.
Q; When did this campaign commence?
A: The campaign launched Oct. 27, 2015.
Q: Some of my patients do not have an email address; can they still participate?
A: Of course! Patients, friends and family who do not have an email address can fill out the paper patient form and the DC can deliver that via fax or mail to the address at the bottom of the form. ACA will then deliver these forms to Capitol Hill.
Q: Are only Medicare patients able to participate?
A: No. We are encouraging anyone of voting age to participate in the campaign. We all know a senior or Medicare-eligible patient, so participating will benefit your friends and loved ones as well.
Q: The paper form seems bulky. Why is this so?
A: We’re aware of what seems to be an overwhelming amount of information on the paper form; however, we are bound by HIPPA rules to collect this information and require these steps.
Q: Why is the doctor’s name on the bottom of the paper form?
A: This is to track responses by doctors’ offices. It is not possible to do this electronically, but we would like to track DC participation where possible.
Q: My office collected names for the ChiroVoice project several years ago. Do we need to re-enter those people’s names and information in the current Medicare campaign?
A: No. When we activate the database to contact Congress, as stated above, we will also activate the ChiroVoice database, so those people will also be included in future grassroots initiatives.
Q: Where do I do to go to learn more?
A: Doctors can go to www.acatoday.org/equality/doctors to get more information on the campaign and how you can become involved.
Q: Are there any webinars or other specific information I can access so that I can fully participate?
A: Yes! ACA has developed a myriad of quick resources to help DCs understand this grassroots campaign and how they can participate: