Open Letter to Congress: Support Access to Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients
To the United States Senate and House of Representatives:
Patients come to us for help when they are in pain. They may have an injury, an illness, or are simply feeling the effect of time. Unfortunately, for many of our patients, their lifelong relationship with their doctor ends when they turn 65 and they lose access to their trusted chiropractor because Medicare doesn’t cover many of the benefits they need most.
We’re happy to announce that may finally be changing. Your colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate now have the opportunity to consider the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, which will ensure seniors have access to all services in Medicare that chiropractors are licensed to provide.
The time is overdue to expand the options for patients in Medicare. Since 1972 when Medicare introduced limited access to chiropractors, seniors were able to access chiropractors, but only for limited services. The medical profession has grown to recognize the benefits of chiropractic care. In fact, in 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated its guidelines for treatment of low back pain and now recommends using non-invasive, non-drug treatments before resorting to prescription drugs.
We believe all seniors should have the right to choose their licensed care provider under Medicare. With Medicare currently serving more than 55 million Americans, and projections for that number to grow by a third over the next 10 years, we believe Congress should ensure patients have access to all forms of care to prevent high-cost interventions. Importantly, the bill does not add new services under Medicare. It simply allows patients to choose a chiropractor when they wish to do so.
We stand ready to help Congress make that a reality. Together, we can make it happen. We appreciate your support for making patients our top priority.
Michele J. Maiers, DC, MPH, PHD
American Chiropractic Assn.
Michaela E. Edwards, DC
American Black Chiropractic Assn.
Michael A. Ciolfi, DC
Assn. of Chiropractic Colleges
Jay S. Greenstein, DC
Brenda Holland, DC
Congress of State Chiropractic Assns.
Wayne Woldson, DC
Joseph Kornfield, DC
Northeast Chiropractic Council
Anthony Hamm, DC
West Hartford Group
Brad Frost, DC
Alabama State Chiropractic Assn.
Todd Curzie, DC
Alaska Chiropractic Society
Andrew O. Williams, DC
California Chiropractic Assn.
Jeremy Gordon, DC
Florida Chiropractic Assn.
Vince Erario, DC
Georgia Chiropractic Assn.
Dean J. Shivvers, DC
Hawaii State Chiropractic Assn.
Vijay Patel, DC
Illinois Chiropractic Society
Toby Harmon, DC
Indiana State Chiropractic Assn.
Laura Rehmer, DC
Iowa Chiropractic Society
Jeffery Meyers, DC
Kentucky Assn. of Chiropractors
J. Steven Caraway, DC
Chiropractic Assn. of Louisiana
Daniel Myerowitz, DC
Maine Chiropractic Assn.
Gerard Cassista, DC
Massachusetts Chiropractic Society
Lisa Olszewski, DC
Michigan Assn. of Chiropractors
Jacob Sundberg, DC
Minnesota Chiropractic Assn.
Paul Dupuis, DC
Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
Mike Welker, DC
Montana Chiropractic Assn.
Troy Brainard, DC
Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Assn.
Brendan McCann, DC
New Hampshire Chiropractic Assn.
Jordan Kovacs, DC
Assn. of New Jersey Chiropractors
Ryan Rowes, DC
New Mexico Chiropractic Assn.
Anthony Palumbo, DC
New York State Chiropractic Assn.
Michael Poplak, DC
North Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
Zachary T. Smith, DC
North Dakota Chiropractic Assn.
Darla Lammers, DC
Ohio State Chiropractic Assn.
Daniel Schatzberg, DC
Pennsylvania Chiropractic Assn.
Kristin Kolesar Fabris, DC
Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island
Iva B. Hughes, DC
South Carolina Chiropractic Assn.
Josh Carr, DC
South Dakota Chiropractors Assn.
Brock Martin, DC
Tennessee Chiropractic Assn.
Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, DC
Texas Chiropractic Assn.
Julia McDaniel, DC
Vermont Chiropractic Assn.
Chris Perron, DC
Unified Virginia Chiropractic Assn.
Brian Peterson, DC
Washington State Chiropractic Assn.
Jenn Bulger, DC
West Virginia Chiropractic Society
Chris Resch, DC
Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
Nate Deines, DC
Wyoming Chiropractic Assn.