Policy and Advocacy - American Chiropractic Association

Feds Simplify Forgiveness Process on Small PPP Loans

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.

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CMS Finalizes Price Transparency Rule; ACA Looks to Rein in Insurance Inequities

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. 

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ACA Fights to Stop Medicare Reimbursement Cuts in 2021

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. 

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Congressional Recess Starts, Kicking Off Virtual Constituent Outreach Sessions

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. 

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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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