Chiropractic services were first made available to active-duty military personnel in 2000, following the enactment of legislation to create a permanent chiropractic benefit within the DoD health care system. As part of the pilot program–before full implementation–retirees were also granted access to chiropractic services on a space-available basis. At the time, it was noted that the benefit was valued by members of the Tricare community, which serves not only retirees but also dependents and survivors of military personnel. While ACA continues to work to ensure Tricare beneficiaries have access to chiropractic services, currently chiropractic services are available only to active-duty members at more than 60 military treatment facilities in the United States, as well as bases in Germany and Japan.

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