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Urge Your Representative and Senators in Washington to Support Legislation Designed to Expand Chiropractic

Earlier this year, four separate pieces of legislation were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and one in the U.S. Senate that would expand patient access to the services provided by doctors of chiropractic in several federal health care delivery systems. It is very important that doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students immediately contact their Member of Congress and Senators and urge that they cosponsor each of these measures.

BACKGROUND:

HR 329, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), would require the VA to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major VA medical facilities by 2014. It would also amend the current statute, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001, ensuring that chiropractic benefits are included in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and therefore, cannot be denied.  Read more here and here.

HR 409, the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), would require the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to allow any beneficiary covered under TRICARE to select and have direct access to a chiropractic physician. The plan deadline is Aug. 31, 2011. Currently, only active duty members are afforded the chiropractic benefit.  Read more here and here.

HR 531, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act, introduced by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), would establish a new program that would help chiropractic physicians and other select health care providers repay their student loans if, in exchange, the providers establish and maintain practices in medically underserved areas.   Read more here and here.

HR 664, the Chiropractic Membership in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Act, introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), would also benefit the public and the profession by requiring the inclusion of chiropractic physicians in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.  The Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.   Read more here and here.

S 1147, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), is the Senate companion bill to HR 329, above.  Read more here and here.

ACTION NEEDED:
The Chiropractic Summit Government Relations Committee requests that doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students contact their congressional representatives and urge them to cosponsor all of these bills.   The more cosponsors we have on these bills, and the more support we build, the greater the likelihood of getting this legislation passed into law.   Please contact your representative in Washington TODAY by using the Chiropractic Legislative Action Center.

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