Policy and Advocacy - American Chiropractic Association

H.R. 3654 Turns One (But Time to Celebrate Is Short)

This Thursday, July 9, marks one year since the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 3654) was introduced in Congress. To celebrate, ACA Blogs checked in with ACA's top lobbyist John Falardeau to see how far we have come in generating support for this game-changing legislation…and what still needs to be done to get the bill passed before the end of the congressional session later this year.

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Full House: Delegate Gains Support for H.R. 3654 from Missouri’s 8 U.S. Representatives

ACA Missouri delegate Quinn James, DC, reached a milestone recently in his advocacy efforts on behalf of H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act: He managed to get the last of all eight of Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to become cosponsors of the legislation. Missouri is the first state in the U.S. with multiple representatives to get all on board. Earlier this year, at ACA’s annual meeting, Dr. James was awarded the ACA Political Action Committee’s F. Dow Bates PAC Bulldog Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions. ACA Blogs reached out to Dr. James to learn more about his effective approach for winning over cosponsors.

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Inequity in Culture Leads to Inequity in Health Care

A Message from the ACA Board of Governors

The death of George Floyd is inexcusable. At the same time our country struggles to heal from the primary and secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the events surrounding Mr. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis force us to publicly face the harsh reality that minority groups are still burdened by racism and oppression, which destroys lives and well-being in a way that no virus can match.

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ACA and Coalitions: A Winning Combination

Coalitions are an often overlooked and commonly misunderstood aspect of the Washington D.C. advocacy fabric.  Just like associations, there are many kinds of coalitions, each with a unique mission, membership, strategy, focus and style.  Each brings together organizations, companies, associations and like-minded individuals to unite for a common goal. One influential and effective example is the Patients’ Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA), a national coalition that represents the interests of millions of patients and non-MD/DO health care professionals. 

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Questions About the Medicare Economic Stimulus and Other Thoughts

Recently, Medicare providers, including chiropractors, who filed claims in 2019 discovered that funds were distributed automatically to their checking accounts. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers and will not need to be repaid. Since the payments began to appear in checking accounts, ACA has been receiving several questions, especially from chiropractors who have not received the payments yet. In some of these cases, people are not looking in the right places. Therefore, if you have not received a Medicare stimulus payment to date, here are some steps you can take to ensure you don’t inadvertently miss it.

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Top 10 ACA Blog Posts of 2019

Our review of the top 10 blog posts on ACA Blogs in 2019 provides plenty of evidence that readers are most interested in topics that will help them better care for their patients as well as information on new developments in health care policy. Thanks to all who engaged with ACA Blogs over the past year. If you missed any of our top 10 posts of the year, here we provide a list so you can catch up! 

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Opioids: ACA Is a Trusted Resource in Advocacy Circles for Information on Non-drug Approaches

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has long been a partner in the fight against opioid misuse by promoting and encouraging the utilization of safe, effective and proven non-drug approaches to pain management, such as chiropractic care. Recently, ACA has joined with national coalitions to promote chiropractic care as a viable, widely available and effective tool to the millions of Americans who experience chronic and acute pain each year. 

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Congressional Recess Starts, Kicking Off Constituent Outreach Sessions

August recess provides opportunity for DCs to meet, talk to representatives about H.R. 3654

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are slated to head  home to their districts and states on July 26. The start of the traditional summer recess comes after, what both parties will tell you, was a less than productive session, leaving several issues unresolved. Nonetheless, in August, members will hold town hall forums, listening sessions and other public events geared toward gauging constituent views and interests. Doctors of chiropractic are especially encouraged to seek out their federal legislators at these public town hall meetings because they are a great way to begin establishing a relationship, or strengthening an existing one, with your lawmaker's office.

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Support H.R. 3654 and Medicare Parity for Chiropractors and Their Patients

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654) is bipartisan legislation championed by ACA and introduced in Congress on July 9 by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.). The bill would correct a longstanding oversight and give seniors access to the full array of Medicare services that their doctors of chiropractic are qualified and licensed to provide in their respective states.

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ACA Staff and Consultants Lay Groundwork for New Medicare Parity Bill

ACA continues its work to re-introduce a bill that would increase access to chiropractic services for Medicare beneficiaries. A similar bill introduced in 2018 is being used as a starting point for a 2019 bill and was a focal point at NCLC 2019. The proposed legislation would simply update the current Medicare statute and allow patients to access all Medicare-covered benefits permitted under a chiropractor’s licensure. 

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