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ACA Virtual Day on the Hill Thursday, Feb 24 2022

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the profession’s premier voice on Capitol Hill, will host a virtual advocacy day on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. A virtual welcome program and informational briefings will be held the evenings of Feb. 22 and 23. Congressional meetings will be scheduled throughout the day on Thursday, Feb. 24, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Participation in the ACA Virtual Day on the Hill is open to all ACA members. An announcement on how to register for this event will go out the week of Dec. 13.

ACA will again partner with Advocacy Associates to provide a seamless virtual event featuring a web-based meeting platform that will be a one-stop location for all virtual meetings. Attendees will be provided with a secure link and will have the ability to communicate with one another and share meeting details, schedules, notes, informational materials and more.

Begin planning now. "See” you on the Hill in February!


ACA Celebrates 100th Cosponsor on Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act

This week, Reps. Gregory Steube (R-Fla.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.) and Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) joined their colleagues in supporting H.R. 2654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, bringing the total number of cosponsors of the bill to 100. Introduced in April by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) with 16 original cosponsors, the measure would allow beneficiary access to the full scope of current Medicare services allowed under a chiropractor’s state licensure.

“For nearly 50 years, beneficiaries have been denied full access to Medicare covered services in a chiropractic clinic,” said Dr. Michele Maiers, ACA president. “The current statute is antiquated and needs to be changed. I thank Congressman Higgins and the 100 cosponsors who support Medicare patients and who have supported this legislation.”

The chiropractic benefit in Medicare dates back to 1972 and only covers “manual manipulation of the spine to correct a subluxation.” H.R. 2654 would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.

“The more cosponsors we have, the greater the likelihood of our success,” noted ACA Legislative Committee Chair Dr. Keith Overland. “I want to thank all the dedicated ACA volunteers, as well as the numerous chiropractic state associations, organizations and individual supporters from all 50 states, who have answered the bell and helped move this vital piece of legislation. But our work is not done; we need the profession to continue to garner additional cosponsors and support.”

H.R. 2654 was referred to two House committees, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. A Senate companion bill has not yet been introduced; however, work is underway to secure introduction in that chamber.

List of H.R. 2654 cosponsors
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ACA’s Annual Conference: Engage 2022

I hope all is well. We would greatly appreciate it if you could promote ACA’s annual conference: Engage 2022. The conference will take place in Washington, D.C., between Feb. 2-5, 2022.

We are hoping for your assistance in promoting the conference by including it in any of your communication channels (newsletter, website, social handles, etc.). I have attached language and graphics to make it easier. If you need additional graphics and/or promotional text, let me know and we will gladly provide that information.

If it’s not too much trouble, please inform me when you promote our event as we’re working on tracking all marketing efforts for Engage 2022.


ACA Engage 2022

Chiropractic Student Scholarship

The American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (CCO) is excited to offer a scholarship to each Chiropractic institution of higher education’s Student Chiropractic Orthopedics club. This scholarship will be awarded to one student at each institution annually and will be applied to credits towards the classes needed to become a Chiropractic Orthopedist. A scholarship will be awarded at each institution via an application process. This scholarship will provide 50 credits towards your Chiropractic Orthopedic training program (a $1,500.00 value).

To qualify to for the scholarship the student must comply with the following stipulations:

  1. Be an active member of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
  2. Be a student member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (there is no charge to become a student member).
  3. Write a 500 word paper on how the CCO can help you as a student understand more fully what a Chiropractic Orthopedist is and how being a Chiropractic Orthopedist can help you in your professional career. Please also include what further information you would like to learn about being a Chiropractic Orthopedist.

The deadline for scholarship applications will be January 31st of each year.

Email your finished application form to the following email addresses:


Scholarship Application
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Medicare Patient Access to Chiropractic: H.R. 2654

Link - acatoday.org

Legislation championed by ACA to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

*The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654)* would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.

H.R. 2654:

  • Provides patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure.
  • Requires that DCs complete a documentation webinar.
  • Appropriately defines a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) as a “physician” in the Medicare program.
  • Is bipartisan legislation, introduced by 16 cosponsors from both political parties.
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ACA Continues to Fight CMS Reduction in Physician Fee Schedule Reimbursement

As a founding member of the E/M Coalition, ACA recently signed a letter urging congressional leaders to include additional funds for the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) in forthcoming legislation

Link - PDF

This effort is an extension of work that ACA and our coalition partners started in late 2020 and which included the introduction of legislation to delay PFS cuts.


Link - acatoday.org


Link - acatoday.org


Link - handsdownbetter.org


H.R. 2654 Cosponsors and Bill Text (as updated by Congress.gov)

Link - congress.gov/bill

House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare Chiropractic Coverage

Link - acatoday.org

April 20, 2021

ACA Open Letter to Congress

Link - acatoday.org/Advocacy


ACA Announces Legislative Priorities for 117th Congress

*ACA Blogs*, March 24, 2021


I'm Just a Bill, and I'll Be Back

Link - acatoday.org/News-Publications

*ACA Blogs*, December 30, 2020


Issues in Chiropractic Care: The Legislative Fight for Medicare Coverage

Link - healthcaredegree.com

*Healthcare Degree*
Jan. 22, 2020

There is a wave gaining momentum in the chiropractic industry driven by ACA

Link - cdn.chiroeco.com.pdf

*Chiropractic Economics*
Oct. 8, 2019


New bill will enhance seniors’ access to, coverage for drug-free care

Link - dispatch.com

*The Columbus Dispatch*
Aug. 25, 2019

Access to Chiropractic Care and the Cost of Spine Conditions Among Older Adults

Link - ajmc.com

*American Journal of Managed Care*
Aug. 9, 2019 Citizens Should Back Chiropractic Act

Link - democratherald.com

*Albany Democrat-Herald*
July 24, 2019 Help Increase Coverage of Chiropractic Services in Medicare: Support H.R. 3654

Link - chiroeco.com

*Chiropractic Economics*, July 12, 2019

Link - acatoday.org/Advocacy

Support for Chiropractic in Medicare: A Letter to the U.S. Congress

Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

Link - acatoday.org/News-Publications

July 9, 2019

Higgins & Reed Introduce Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019

Link - higgins.house.gov

July 9, 2019

Theres a solution for that sore neck of yours...

H.R. 3654 - 116th Congress

Link - congress.gov

July 9, 2019


ACA Staff and Consultants Lay Groundwork for New Medicare Parity Bill

Link - acatoday.org/News-Publications

*ACA Blogs, *May 2019


Bill to Expand Medicare's Chiropractic Coverage Brings Momentum to Historic Effort (PDF)

Link - acatoday.org

*The American Chiropractor*, February 2019

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