Doctors of chiropractic treating veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Choice Program (VCP) received good news on Aug. 1, with Senate approval of the “VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017.” The bill passed without objection on the heels of House action last week, which approved the measure overwhelmingly, 414-0. The legislation directs $2.1 billion to the VCP to keep it operating through January 2018, preventing a disruption of care for veterans in the program as Congress continues to work on a broader overhaul.
Urge Members of Congress to Support Expanded Access to Chiropractic for Veterans
Readers who follow the American Chiropractic Association know full implementation of the chiropractic benefit in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is one of the premier issues ACA is diligently working to address. Recently, the Senate VA Committee held a hearing on pending health and benefits legislation where it considered several bills, including S. 609, "The Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act of 2017," which received support from numerous veterans service organizations.
Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) has honored his commitment to America’s chiropractors today by introducing H.R. 2202, which calls for the appointment of chiropractic physicians as officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.
With the 2017 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) behind us, a recap of event highlights and a review of how to continue the momentum generated by the chiropractic profession’s premier grassroots advocacy event is in order.
Doctors of chiropractic treating veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Choice Program (VCP) have been receiving letters from contractors administering the program informing them that the VCP is scheduled to expire, by law, on Aug. 7, 2017. However, with an additional $1 billion in dedicated funding remaining in the program, legislation was introduced to eliminate the August 2017 sunset date.
In March, hundreds of doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students from across the country met with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill during the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference's (NCLC) 2017 Advocacy Day to educate and advocate in support of a host of topics important to the profession.
With the 2017 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) fast approaching, excitement is growing among doctors and students alike for the opportunity to deliver a positive vision for the chiropractic profession and its natural approach to health and wellness directly to Congress on Thursday, March 16, during NCLC 2017 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.