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Health Care Reform Update
Friday, 20 November 2009
The following are important excerpts from the American Chiropractic Association’s latest update on Health Care Reform, issued today.  Remember to stay alert and make your patients aware of their opportunity to influence health care reform legislation by enrolling at www.chirovoice.org
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ACA National Health Care Reform Update
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Ross Letter in Support of Provider Non-Discrimination Garners Additional Support in U.S. House

Speaker Pelosi Unveils Merged House Bill – Ross Amendment and Public Plan with Negotiated Rates Included -- House Floor Action Predicted by Mid-November

House Bill also Includes Insurance Industry Anti-Trust Reform

Bill Introduced in the House to Address Medicare Payment System

Harkin Provider Non-Discrimination Provision to be Preserved in Blended Senate Bill 

Support for CHIROVOICE and CHAMP Needed

Become a Chiropractic CHAMPion

Watch Health Reform Updates on Your Computer via YouTube 

FCA Joins Class Action Suit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
               The Florida Chiropractic Association has retained class counsel to pursue litigation in the Illinois class action suit vs. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  The FCA joins with three other state associations – the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, New York Chiropractic Council and the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors – to challenge the Defendants’ abusive practices in using post-payment audits and reviews, and improper repayment demands, to pressure providers to repay substantial sums that have previously properly been paid as health insurance benefits for services provided to BCBS subscribers.  Below is a news release provided by class counsel – Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP – to initially announce the litigation on September 10, 2009 (“Health Care Providers and Associations Sue Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 22 Related BCBS Entities”). 
ACA Update on National Health Care Reform Provider Non-Discrimination Issue
Monday, 19 October 2009

               (From an ACA Legislative Alert dated October 14, 2009 at 4:36pm) Please be advised that Representative Mike Ross (D-Arkansas) prominent leader of the House “Blue Dog” Coalition of centrist Democrats, is sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging that the final version of national health reform legislation to be brought to the floor of the U.S. House for a vote, retain an amendment agreed to in the House Energy & Commerce Committee that seeks to preserve the applicability of state enacted provider non-discrimination laws favorable to chiropractic and other non-MD providers.


               The “Ross Amendment” states:


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Monday, 19 October 2009

               The Florida Chiropractic Association is considering joining a class action against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and other BCBS entities to challenge the manner in which it has conducted post-payment audits and imposed withholds after demanding repayments. As part of this effort, we are investigating how our members have been adversely affected by these practices. Please contact the FCA Assistant General Counsel if:


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