February 21, 2014 — As provisions of the healthcare reform law continue to be implemented across the country, the chiropractic profession seemingly has one fight after another on its hands.
This year, it is beating back attempts from the anti-chiropractic forces to exclude DCs from the proposed “Medicare physician payment fix” bill by excluding them from the definition of “physician,” and staving off draconian reductions (more than 27 percent) in Medicare payment rates. It’s supporting legislation that would phase-in availability of the services provided by doctors of chiropractic for veterans at all major U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers within the next three years. And it’s providing a new loan repayment program for DCs who practice in underserved areas.
So how can the chiropractic profession help pending legislation pass? Starting this week, ACA is helping coordinate an online, grassroots campaign ahead of the 2014 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC), in an effort to “soften the beachhead” for when hundreds of ground forces arrive in Washington, D.C. and visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Feb. 27.
Through the Chiropractic Legislative Action Center, every DC, CA, chiropractic student and chiropractic supporter across the country is encouraged to contact their federally-elected legislators before Feb. 27 to raise awareness among members of Congress and their staff about chiropractic’s key legislative issues so that they will be prepared to discuss them during the hundreds of congressional visits that will take place during NCLC 2014. This grassroots campaign, conducted through generated emails to legislators’ offices, is focused and aggressive — but we need all hands on deck in order for it to work.
ACTION NEEDED: Please go to the Chiropractic Legislative Action Center this week and contact your elected U.S. representative and senators regarding the key chiropractic issues that will be discussed during NCLC 2014.
The key issues to communicate are:
- Urging members of Congress to treat doctors of chiropractic in the same manner as other physicians, including MDs, under any new Medicare payment structure
- Asking members of the U.S. House to cosponsor H.R. 921, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act
- Calling for members of the U.S. House to cosponsor H.R. 702, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act
A rapid response is urgently needed and will greatly strengthen and amplify important pro-chiropractic messages to Capitol Hill in support of specific legislative initiatives currently pending before Congress.
Please visit the Chiropractic Legislative Action Center now, contact your legislators and then forward this article to your patients, friends and family — then urge them to do the same!