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House Introduces Bill to Expand Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

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ACA pushes for expanded Medicare coverage for Chiropractic

Legislation championed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) to expand Medicare coverage of services provided by chiropractors within the scope of their license has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill, H.R. 7157, introduced on Nov. 16 by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), would allow Medicare beneficiaries to access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, joint mobilization, soft-tissue massage techniques, physiological therapies, exercise instruction and activity advice. Access to non-drug approaches to pain management in Medicare as well as private health care plans has become increasingly important in the wake of the nationwide opioid crisis. The bill adds no new services; it only allows access to those current Medicare benefits that chiropractors are licensed to provide.

“Medicare's impact on quality senior health care is significant—and will become more so as the baby boomer generation continues to age and enter Medicare’s ranks. The American Chiropractic Association is encouraged by the progress that this bill represents for our efforts to expand seniors’ access to the chiropractic profession’s safe and effective non-drug approach to pain management,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC.1

Information obtained from article on the ACA website. Click here to read the full article.

1. Bernat, Annette. “House Introduces Bill to Expand Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services” American Chiropractic Association, 19 Nov. 2018, www.acatoday.org/News-Publications/Newsroom/News-Releases/House-Introduces-Bill-to-Expand-Medicare-Coverage-of-Chiropractic-Services. Accessed 30 Nov 2018.

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