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Support Chiropractic Legislation

Each year, chiropractors get together to try to promote legislation that would advance people’s access to chiropractic care.  This meeting is NCLC (National Chiropractic Legislative Conference) in Washington DC usually at the end of February.  I thought I’d let you know what is going on or going to go on there.

Last November the leaders of the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) met to discuss the issues facing the profession.  Each year they come up with 5-7 issues that need action.  Legislative briefs are created so that those of us addressing our elected officials have some data to fall back on.  They usually put these out a week or two before the conference so you have a chance to review them and understand the issue at hand.  Here are last years briefs.  I will post the briefs for this year as soon as they are put out.  Look for those here in the next few weeks.

According to the ACA website this years NCLC will focus on “Grassroots mobilization, empowering patients and supporters to become involved in the legislative process as citizen lobbyists and the effective training of DCs as spokespersons and organizers of grassroots activity.”  This is an example of government by the people.  We are the people.  We get to make the rules, so let’s take part in our own governance.

Already this month, the first chiropractic legislation of this year was introduced in the US House of Representatives.  It is H. R. 484 introduced by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL).  Click here to take action to help get this bill passed.  This bill attempts to extend chiropractic care in the military health system to U.S. military retirees, dependents and survivors through the Defense Department’s TRICARE program.  Here is some background information on the issue from the ACA.  It’s an older code, but it checks out.

More Chiropractic For the Military… Still Not Enough

The ACA officially posted an article on Thursday announcing Congress’ latest improvement for our military troops access to chiropractic.  According to the article:

Congress has once again affirmed its desire to ensure accessibility of chiropractic care within the military and has ordered the Pentagon to expand the availability of chiropractic services to 11 additional military bases.

This is great news, however the troops that need it the most are our troops overseas.  Despite the success of the program stateside, we still have no chiropractors to care for our troops who are deployed throughout the world.

There are 3 bills still in congress that could affect this issue.  The first is HR 5658 which passed in the House and now sits in the Senate that directs the pentagon to begin opening positions overseas as part of a military funding bill for 2009.  The other two are twin bills in both the house and senate (HCR 294, SCR 75) to try to get chiropractors commissioned.  If that were the  case then chiropractors could be stationed or shipped with units where ever they were needed instead of being civilian contractors working at established stateside facilities.

For more information visit www.commissionchiropractors.com.  That site has also newly posted the Candidates up for election this next month who have been supportive of chiropractic in it’s election section.  Sadly, neither candidate for President fits that description.  They have not been opposed, but they also have not been supportive, and neither camp will respond to my questions on the topic.