February 16, 2013 — The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently announced it will retain chiropractic in its Federal Loan Repayment Program — thus striking down an earlier proposal that would have restricted doctors of chiropractic from participating.
The original proposal to remove DCs was based upon a faulty survey sent to tribal health directors using arbitrary criteria for elimination, and resulted in a nearly 90 percent non-response rate. Former ACA board member and Alaska resident, William Pfeifer, DC, alerted ACA’s Government Relations Department of this troubling development.
ACA and Dr. Pfeifer worked to engage the Alaska congressional delegation — including Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) — and were successful in their efforts to keep chiropractic in the program.
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Source: American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.org