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Medicare: Patient Access to Chiropractic

Update: ACA Plans to Reintroduce Medicare Bill in 2021

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act was introduced in July 2019. Through the tireless efforts and support of ACA members, partners and supporters, 91 congressional cosponsors were signed on to H.R. 3654.

While the 116th Congress ended before action was taken on the bill, as the 117th Congress begins in January 2021 ACA’s government relations team is working to ensure that the bill will be reintroduced. The new bill will have a new number but will benefit from the momentum gained during the past 18 months.

More details about the process are available in this post on the ACA Blog.

Legislation championed by ACA to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654) would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.

H.R. 3654:

  • Appropriately defines a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) as a “physician” in the Medicare program.
  • Provides patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure.
  • Requires that DCs complete a documentation webinar.
  • Is bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

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