Improving access to chiropractic care under Medicare is essential; Here’s what you can do now.
Many baby boomers are now entering Medicare and finding out that chiropractic care under Medicare is quite limited even though chiropractors are physicians. Currently, Medicare only covers manipulation of the spine, yet patients require an examination and may even need x rays or muscle work performed to get the optimal result from their care. As a result, chiropractic patients pay out of pocket for x-rays, evaluations and the valuable muscle work and exercise instructions their chiropractor provides, often at a lower cost than other professions. Chiropractic has the highest levels of patient satisfaction for problems such as lower back and neck pain and many other musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors are primary care for the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors offer drug-free pain management that is effective and desired by many baby boomers wishing to solve their problems while avoiding harmful medications.
Chiropractic is the only profession subject to these types of outdated limitations in force since the 1970s. Many seniors rely on chiropractors to help them stay healthy.
The Opioid crisis has the government looking for drug-free methods that are proven effective which is why acupuncture was recently approved for Medicare reimbursement. Chiropractic care under Medicare needs to expand, but that requires a legislative law change to make it happen.
You can help change this through the Chiropractic Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654)
The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654) 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.
- Appropriately defines a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) as a “physician” in the Medicare program.
- Provides patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure.
- Requires that DCs complete a documentation webinar.
- Is bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).
To get this bill through, we need more sponsors. Currently, over 40 legislators have signed on to help bring this bill to a vote, but we need many more.
The chiropractic profession needs your help and cannot do this alone. Find out more about this bill using this link.
It takes less than 5 minutes to contact your legislator and let them know you want them to sponsor the Chiropractic Medicare Modernization act of 2019. Chiropractic has been shown to be a valuable asset in the V.A. as its utilization has grown while the methods of the profession help reduce the cost of musculoskeletal care.
Click on this link to contact your legislator and let them know you want them to sponsor HR 3654. Do it today.