Medicare parity is ACA's top legislative and regulatory priority. In order to best serve their senior patients, chiropractic physicians should be allowed to practice to and be reimbursed for the fullest extent of their licensure, training and competencies.
The federal Medicare program, which serves as a model for private insurance plans, currently serves more than 55 million individuals. Various projections forecast the number of people age 65 or older increasing by about one-third over the next decade. Chiropractic inclusion in the Medicare program was established in 1972 and has seen little change since then, other than elimination of the X-ray requirement in 1997.