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January 26, 2011 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) announced that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) with the Chiropractic Summit Feb. 15-19 in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Hatch is the ranking Republican on the powerful Senate Finance Committee and a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He will be joined at NCLC by the following featured speakers:
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Veterans’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and cosponsor of the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act
Rima Cohen, counselor to the Secretary for Health Policy, Department of Health and Human Services
Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), recipient of the NCLC Lifetime Outstanding Leadership Award for 20 years of steadfast support for doctors of chiropractic and their patients, and especially for his work in expanding chiropractic in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Dick Gephardt, former House Majority Leader and president and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs
Howard Wasdin, DC, author of Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper
For 37 years, hundreds of doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students from across the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues that matter most to DCs and their patients. In addition to the advocacy on Capitol Hill, NCLC offers DCs information on Medicare, military and veteran’s health care, national health care reform and other federal initiatives.
ACA is joined by the Chiropractic Summit-41 organizations, including ACA, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations and the International Chiropractors Association-in hosting the conference. ACA worked with its Summit partners to set the direction of the event and to ensure that the chiropractic profession speaks to lawmakers in a clear, unified voice.
The event’s theme, “The Power of Cultural Authority: Staying Essential in Health care Reform,” will explore the challenges facing the profession as implementation of the health care reform law continues on the national and state levels. Enhancing the chiropractic profession’s cultural authority and placing individual DCs on key state committees will set the stage for full chiropractic inclusion as the law’s provisions are put into place around the country.
“In an election year, so many issues are competing for attention in Washington,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “To impact Congress, we need a particularly strong display of force. Remember, inaction is as consequential as action. And more than ever before, we need to take action.”
Learn more about attending NCLC 2012 today.
Immediately following NCLC (Feb. 18-19), any interested DC can earn 16 continuing education units during “The Ultimate Head, Shoulder & Neck Symposium.” Visit acatoday.org/Wellness for details.”
Source: American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.org