Letter to Congress

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives:

Patients come to us for help when they are in pain. They may have an injury, an illness, or are simply feeling the effect of time. Unfortunately, for many of our patients, their lifelong relationship with their doctor ends when they turn 65 and they lose access to their trusted chiropractor because Medicare doesn’t cover many of the benefits they need most.

We’re happy to announce that may finally be changing. Your colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives now have the opportunity to consider the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, which will ensure seniors have access to all services in Medicare that chiropractors are licensed to provide.

The time is overdue to expand the options for patients in Medicare. Since 1972 when Medicare introduced limited access to chiropractors, seniors were able to access chiropractors, but only for limited services. The medical profession has grown to recognize the benefits of chiropractic care. In fact, in 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated its guidelines for treatment of low back pain and now recommends using non-invasive, non-drug treatments before resorting to prescription drugs.

We believe all seniors should have the right to choose their licensed care provider under Medicare. With Medicare currently serving more than 55 million Americans, and projections for that number to grow by a third over the next 10 years, we believe Congress should ensure patients have access to all forms of care to prevent high-cost interventions. Importantly, the bill does not add new services under Medicare. It simply allows patients to choose a chiropractor when they wish to do so.

We stand ready to help Congress make that a reality. Together, we can make it happen. We appreciate your support for making patients our top priority.

Sincerely,

Michele J. Maiers, DC, MPH, PHD
President
American Chiropractic Assn.
 
Quentin M. Brisco, DC
President
American Black Chiropractic Assn.
 
Michael A. Ciolfi, DC
Chair
Assn. of Chiropractic Colleges
 
Jay S. Greenstein, DC
Chairman
Clinical Compass
 
Dan Spencer, DC
President
Congress of Chiropractic State Assns.
 
Joanne A. Santiago, DC
President
Northeast Chiropractic Council 
 
James D. Walters
National Chair
Student American Chiropractic Assn.
 
Anthony Hamm, DC
President
West Hartford Group
 
Drew Klein, DC
President
Alabama State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Todd Curzie, DC
President
Alaska Chiropractic Society
 
Trever Penny, DC
President
Arizona Assn. of Chiropractic
 
Steve Bennett, DC
President
Arkansas Chiropractic Society
 
Craig York, DC
President
Arkansas Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
Andrew Williams, DC
President
California Chiropractic Assn.
 
Doug Jones, DC
President
Colorado Chiropractic Assn.
 
Randi Jimenez, DC
President
Connecticut Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jesse Riggin, DC
President
Delaware Chiropractic Society
 
John Frazier, DC
President
Florida Chiropractic Assn.
 
G. Clark Stull, DC
President
Georgia Chiropractic Assn.
 
Dean J. Shivvers, DC
President
Hawaii State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Vijay Patel, DC
President
Illinois Chiropractic Society
 
Toby Harmon, DC
President
Indiana State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Russell Van Hemert, DC
President
Iowa Chiropractic Society
 
Tobi Jeurink, DC
President
Kansas Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jeffery Meyers, DC
President
Kentucky Assn. of Chiropractors
 
J. Steven Caraway, DC
President
Chiropractic Assn. of Louisiana
 
Daniel Myerowitz, DC
President
Maine Chiropractic Assn.
 
Paul M. Abosh, DC
President
Maryland Chiropractic Assn.
 
Stephen P. Heney, DC
President
Massachusetts Chiropractic Society
 
Lisa Olszewski, DC
President
Michigan Assn. of Chiropractors
 
Vince Pankonin, DC
President
Minnesota Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jack Hall, DC
President
Mississippi Chiropractic Assn.
 
Robert Kessinger, DC
President
Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
Mike Welker, DC
President
Montana Chiropractic Assn.
 
Troy Brainard, DC
President
Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
James Overland, DC
President
Nevada Chiropractic Assn.
 
Mark W. Stagnone, DC
President
New Hampshire Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jordan L. Kovacs, DC
President 
Assn. of New Jersey Chiropractors
 
Ryan T. Rowse, DC
President
New Mexico Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jason Brown, DC
President
New York State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Michael Poplak, DC
President
North Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
 
Zachary T. Smith, DC
President 
North Dakota Chiropractic Assn. 
 
Jerrold J. Simon, DC
President
Ohio State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Randy Schubert, DC
President
Unified Chiropractic Assn. of Oklahoma
 
Christopher Zander, DC
President
Oregon Chiropractic Assn.
 
Alison M. Bendetto, DC
President
Pennsylvania Chiropractic Assn.
 
Kristin Kolesar Fabris, DC
President
Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island
 
Christopher Black, DC
President
South Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
 
T.J. Stotz, DC
President
South Dakota Chiropractors Assn.
 
Brock Martin, DC
President
Tennessee Chiropractic Assn.
 
Chad Carpenter, DC
President
Texas Chiropractic Assn.
 
Julia McDaniel, DC
President
Vermont Chiropractic Assn.
 
David B. Dolberg, DC
President
Unified Virginia Chiropractic Assn.
 
Phillip Kriss, DC
President
Washington State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jennifer Bulger, DC
President
West Virginia Chiropractic Society
 
Gene Yellen Shiring, DC
President
Wisconsin Chiropractic Assn.
 
Nate Deines, DC
President
Wyoming Chiropractic Assn.