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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
May 25, 2016

Chiropractic Summit Unanimously Supports National Medicare Reform Initiative to Eliminate Discrimination

 Arlington, Va. - The Chiropractic Summit, an umbrella leadership group of chiropractic organizations and prominent business partners, met on April 28 in Phoenix, Ariz., and unanimously voted to support the national Medicare reform initiative. They also stated that they want to see Summit partners help to grow public support to help eliminate discrimination faced by chiropractic patients in Medicare.

To help build public support of the initiative, ACA has developed the National Medicare Equality Petition, a grassroots effort to eliminate a blatantly anti-competitive provision of Medicare law that arbitrarily limits reimbursement for medically necessary services delivered by doctors of chiropractic (DCs).

"I am proud that the organizations representing the Chiropractic Summit came together and unanimously agreed on this very positive and powerful initiative," said Summit Chairman Lewis Bazakos, DC. "It's time that we finally level the playing field when it comes to Medicare reimbursement and remove the barriers that our patients face. To accomplish this goal, it's going to require a strong, coordinated effort by all major players in this profession."

 "ACA is pleased to work with the Chiropractic Summit and other stakeholder groups as we continue the grassroots lobbying that will pressure Congress into taking action on the Medicare reform initiative," noted ACA President David A. Herd, DC.

Doctors and patients who wish to support the campaign may add their name to the National Medicare Equality Petition by visiting www.acatoday.org/equality. They may also follow the progress of the campaign and receive updates on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram at #MedicareEquality.

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About the Chiropractic Summit
First convened in September 2007, the Chiropractic Summit represents leadership from more than 40 organizations within the profession. The Summit meets regularly to collaborate, seek solutions and support collective action to address challenges with the common goal of advancing chiropractic. For more information about the Summit and its leadership, visit www.chirosummit.org.