By Jack Dusik
Those of you who attended the 2017 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference Congressional Reception will likely recall Rep. Gene Green’s (D-Texas) enthusiastic support for the profession, backed up by his intent to introduce legislation that would open up the U.S. Public Health Service Corps to doctors of chiropractic.
ACA announces that Congressman Green 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.
H.R. 2202 would include DCs in the USPHS Regular Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps, and would require the president, in consultation with the Surgeon General and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to appoint no fewer than six chiropractors to the Commissioned Corps.
Support Congressman Green’s efforts to open the USPHSC to chiropractors by visiting ACA’s Legislative Action Center, where you can urge your representative to co-sponsor this important bill with a few mouse clicks.
ACA’s issue brief on this topic can be found here. In addition, you can read ACA's news release on the bill by clicking here.
Jack Dusik is senior director of federal government relations at the American Chiropractic Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.