With the new year and the first session of the 117th Congress now underway, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is ready to tackle several important legislative issues on behalf of ACA members, patients and the chiropractic profession. The ACA Legislative Committee met recently and established priorities for the new congressional session.
For those familiar with “Schoolhouse Rock,” the 1976 classic “I’m Just a Bill” likely conjures memories of elementary school social studies class. It is, however, still an excellent introduction to the legislative process and a reminder that introducing legislation in Congress is no small feat.
In a COVID-19 relief and federal spending package passed earlier this week by a bipartisan group of U.S. House and Senate lawmakers, several important items that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) lobby team has been pushing for have been included in the measure.
In 2009-2010, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) was heavily involved in procuring a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would end the blatant discrimination doctors of chiropractic and other providers encountered from insurance companies and plans just because of their doctoral degree. Chiropractors, especially, faced, and continue to experience, discriminatory practices from payors that ultimately harm patient choice, access, and affordability. Congressional interest in addressing this issue has been tepid...until this week.
Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a simplified forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $50,000. The simplified form cuts the application’s size down from five pages to two and removes most of the questions aimed at ensuring that the loans were used for the program’s intended purposes of supporting payrolls and covering other fixed costs.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled final policies aimed at increasing price transparency in the healthcare system. The new rule will require health insurers to provide patients with complete pricing information prior to a service being rendered and builds off an earlier price transparency rule that requires hospitals to publish their negotiated rates. While this could be viewed as a win for healthcare consumers, ACA has its eyes on a bigger prize, and that is to strip insurance companies of their ability to skirt this country’s antitrust laws.
Federal government relations is a complex and exciting field, especially for membership associations such as the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Not only do we represent our dedicated ACA members, but also their patients and, as an extension, the more than 30 million Americans who receive chiropractic care each year. A critical component of ACA’s government relations work is safeguarding and advancing public trust in chiropractic—and this is at the forefront of our work with policymakers.
August recess provides 0pportunity for DCs to meet and talk to representatives on 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 31. The start of the traditional summer recess comes after--what both parties will tell you--was a tumultuous session dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, in August, members will hold town hall forums, listening sessions and other public events, mostly in a virtual setting, geared toward gauging constituent views and interests. Doctors of chiropractic are especially encouraged to seek out their federal legislators at these virtual public town hall meetings.
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.
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.