Medicare: Patient Access to Chiropractic
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.
- 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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Take Action on H.R. 3654
Meet with your Representative During the August Recess
On July 26, members of the U.S. House of Representatives will head home for a district work period. This is a great time to attend a town hall or hold a district meeting with your representative to talk about the importance of H.R. 3654. Many offices release their recess schedule through their websites, which can be found via the House Directory, or social media accounts. Your local newspaper may also list town hall schedules.
Download district meeting toolkit (talking points, leave behinds, etc)
District Meeting Report Form
Contact your Member of Congress NOW to have your voice heard!
Urge your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 3654 and thank them for their support of Medicare patients and the chiropractic profession.
We encourage ACA members, SACA students and anyone else with an interest in further integrating access to chiropractic services in Medicare, to urge patients, friends and family to contact their federal representative to change the current Medicare statute. Point your patients, friends and family to where they can become part of the campaign to provide full patient access to services provided by doctors of chiropractic in Medicare.
Urge your state association leaders to sign the open letter to Congress expressing support for changing the antiquated statute that chiropractic patients currently face. This will show Congress that there is solidarity within the profession to ensure that patients have access to the essential services that doctors of chiropractic provide.
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