Nov 18 Letter to Congress
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Nov. 19, 2018
 

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 Patients' Freedom of Choice Act, which will ensure seniors have access to all services in Medicare that chiropractors are licensed to provide. This is an important step in the process that sets the stage for further progress in 2019.

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 ten years, we believe Congress should ensure patients have access to all forms of care to prevent high-cost interventions. Importantly, Chiropractic Patients' Freedom of Choice Act 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,

N. Ray Tuck, DC
President
American Chiropractic Association
 
Dan Spencer, DC
President
Congress of Chiropractic State Assns. 
 
Clay McDonald, DC
Chair
Assn. of Chiropractic Colleges
 
Quentin M. Brisco, DC
President
American Black Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jay S. Greenstein, DC
Chairman
Clinical Compass
 
Joanne A. Santiago, DC
President
Northeast Chiropractic Council
 
Jenny Razey, DC
National Chair
Student American Chiropractic Assn.
 
Brad Russell, DC
President
Alabama State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Todd Curzie, DC
President
Alaska Chiropractic Society
 
Craig York, DC
President
Arkansas Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
Danny Gambino, DC
President
California Chiropractic Assn.
 
James Wiley, DC
President
Colorado Chiropractic Assn.
 
Joanne Santiago, DC
President
Connecticut Chiropractic Assn.
 
John Frazier, DC
President
Florida Chiropractic Assn.
 
Clark Stull, DC
President
Georgia Chiropractic Assn.
 
Joseph G. Morelli, Jr., DC
President
Hawaii State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Tim Bertelsman, DC
President
Illinois Chiropractic Society
 
Diane Vuotto, DC
President
Indiana State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Lauri Wondra, DC
President
Iowa Chiropractic Society
 
Tobi Jeurink, DC
President
Kansas Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jeffery Meyers, DC
President
Kentucky Assn. of Chiropractors
 
Luc Dionne, DC
President
Maine Chiropractic Assn.
 
Paul M. Abosh, DC
President
Maryland Chiropractic Assn.
 
Stephen Henry
President
Massachusetts Chiropractic Society
 
Christopher Dolecki, DC
President
Michigan Assn. of Chiropractors
 
Sara Cuperus, DC
President
Minnesota Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jack Hall, DC
President
Mississippi Chiropractic Assn.
 
Robert C. Kessinger, DC
President
Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
Mike Welker, DC
President
Montana Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jeff Johnson, DC
President
Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
 
James Overland Sr., DC
President
Nevada Chiropractic Assn.
 
Mark Stagnone, DC
President
New Hampshire Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jordan L. Kovacs, DC
President 
Assn. of New Jersey Chiropractors
 
David W. Peer, DC
President
New Mexico Chiropractic Assn.
 
Jason Brown, DC
President
New York State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Heather Wrenn, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
North Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
 
Aaron M. McMichael, DC
President
North Central Academy of Chiropractic
 
Carson C. Muth, DC
President 
North Dakota Chiropractic Assn. 
 
Matthew Gajkowski, DC
President
Northeast Ohio Academy of Chiropractic 
 
Jerrold J. Simon, DC
President
Ohio State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Randall Schubert, DC
President
Unified Chiropractic Assn. of Oklahoma
 
William Schneider, DC
President
Oregon Chiropractic Assn.
 
Alison M. Benedetto, DC
President
Pennsylvania Chiropractic Assn.
 
David Dwyer, DC
President
Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island
 
David H. Mruz, DC
President
South Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
 
Thomas Stotz, DC
President
South Dakota Chiropractors Assn.
 
R.J. Crawford, DC
President
Tennessee Chiropractic Assn.
 
Devin Pettiet, DC
President
Texas Chiropractic Assn.
 
Julia McDaniel, DC
President
Vermont Chiropractic Assn.
 
David B. Dolberg, DC
President
Unified Virginia Chiropractic Assn.
 
J. Michael Schweitzer, DC
President
Washington State Chiropractic Assn.
 
Gene Yellen-Shiring, DC
President
Wisconsin Chiropractic Assn.
 
Lamar Fox, DC
President
Wyoming Chiropractic Assn.