Advocate uses similar approach to win over legislators and health plan administrators.
After success in getting all Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor Medicare and TRICARE modernization bills, ACA Missouri Alternate Delegate Quinn James, DC, is continuing his efforts on the local level. He recently began looking at self-funded plans in the St. Louis, Mo., area and finding flaws in their benefit designs. Using a similar approach he takes with legislators, he was sucessful in convincing a local union to expand its chiropractic coverage.
Chiropractic state associations urged to be watchful as states can now skirt legislatures.
Late last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a guidance document significantly changing the way the department will handle waiver requests under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Act). This enhanced flexibility from the Act could lead to far greater variation across states in the types of plans offered, creating a “patchwork quilt” of benefits and services available to consumers.