Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Leg­is­la­tion Intro­duced Into US Con­gress

As reported in the March 9, 2001 PRNewswire, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wes Watkins, of Okla­homa, has intro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would require Medicare to reim­burse doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic for the full scope of ser­vices they are licensed to pro­vide under state law. The bill has been named the “Chi­ro­prac­tic Patients’ Free­dom of Choice Act.” Cur­rently US Medicare only pays for what they term, “man­ual manip­u­la­tion of the spine to cor­rect a sub­lux­a­tion.” This means that under the cur­rent sys­tem any exam­i­na­tion or x-​ray pro­ce­dures used in a chi­ro­prac­tic office are not covered.

This sit­u­a­tion has deprived both ben­e­fi­cia­ries and the pro­gram itself of the health ben­e­fits and cost sav­ings that might result from full and open com­pe­ti­tion between doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic and other Medicare providers,’ said Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dr. James A. Mertz. “Numer­ous research and actu­ar­ial stud­ies all point to the fact that chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices could save the Medicare pro­gram bil­lions of dol­lars each year.”

Accord­ing to the bill, the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion would not add or require cov­er­age of any new ser­vices under the Medicare pro­gram. It would sim­ply pro­vide ben­e­fi­cia­ries access to cur­rently cov­ered Medicare ser­vices when per­formed by doc­tors of chiropractic.

Ran­dom Article

The June 25 2002 PRNewswire reports on a group of chi­ro­prac­tors offer­ing help to the fire­fight­ers in Col­orado who were fight­ing the

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