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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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:
The deadline for scholarship applications will be January 31st of each year.
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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.
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
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.
*ACA Blogs*, March 24, 2021
*The Columbus Dispatch*
Aug. 25, 2019
Access to Chiropractic Care and the Cost of Spine Conditions Among Older Adults
*American Journal of Managed Care*
Aug. 9, 2019 Citizens Should Back Chiropractic Act
July 24, 2019 Help Increase Coverage of Chiropractic Services in Medicare: Support H.R. 3654
*Chiropractic Economics*, July 12, 2019
Support for Chiropractic in Medicare: A Letter to the U.S. Congress