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Obama Win May Mean Commissioning of Chiropractors in the Military

I’ve always tried to avoid talking politics on this blog, which for me is difficult, as I’m very patriotic and interested in the function of our government.  However, I thought today I would weigh in on how the election may effect the profession of chiropractic, without trying to give away my leanings. 

Regarding chiropractic, President Elect, Barack Obama has recently said, in a letter to the American Chiropractic Association,

“We need to expand the range of chiropractic services covered by Medicare, facilitate integration of doctors of chiropractic into the health care systems of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and allow commission of doctors of chiropractic as officers in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service”

This may be a prime time for chiropractors to get some good policies in place, to push for commissioning of chiropractors in the military and getting all of our troops the chiropractic care they need and deserve.  I urge all chiropractors, patients, friends and family to look into your newly elected officials.  What ever their policies and agendas may be they are our elected officials, and represent us, and now may be a prime season to move the cause of chiropractic forward.

Election day is not the only day that we should participate in our government.  It is a government by the people.  Our representatives need to hear from us now as they are preparing for the transition.  If we let them know what we want done now we may be able to get something done before they start running for re-election.

There are still two resolutions sitting in committees in congress.  Let’s get chiropractors commissioned in this election cycle!

Commission Chiropractors in the US Military

Many of our brave soldiers serving overseas have been promised chiropractic care in their health care benefits, but are not able to access them because there are no chiropractors commissioned in the military to be stationed overseas with them.

Soldier

The history of chiropractic support of our military personnel is long. In 1944 the first bill to commission chiropractors was introduced in the United States Congress. In 1985 the DoD was directed to determine cost effectiveness of chiropractic. The first President Bush authorized the DoD to commission chiropractors in 1992. The Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Program (CHCDP) that ended in September 1999 showed overwhelmingly that chiropractic would be beneficial to our troops and to the military. It was replaced by the Chiropractic Care Program in 2001, which was to extend chiropractic care to all active duty military personnel by 2003. In 2004 the Secretary of Defense was required to speed up the implementation of this program so that all service men and women would be able to access chiropractic care by October of 2005. Currently in 2008 according to Tricare’s website, barely a fifth, 49 of 232, Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) offer chiropractic services. This information is from www.commisionchiropractors.com. Please visit there for additional information.

Recently in both the US House and Senate concurrent resolutions were introduced calling for the immediate commissioning of chiropractors into the US Armed Forces.

These are great steps but unfortunately these resolutions do not have the force of law. The Department of Defense still has to choose to act on this. They have had 16 years to act. Contact your Senator or Representative to let them know of your support for this action.