What is the latest in the Blue Cross Class Action?
The status of the BCBS case is currently the same as the last posting on June 21, 2011 (see below). The FCA and putative class members are awaiting a decision from Judge Matthew Kennelly (N.D. Illinois) on class certification. We will provide you with information on that decision as soon as it is available.
When the FCA was contacted by members last week about a negative article in the October 2011 issue of the Reader’s Digest, we immediately contacted the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) to seek a rebuttal. The F4CP responded via a letter by Gerard W. Clum, D.C, Spokesperson. The letter stated:
From an ACA News Release of October 7, 2011 – (Arlington, Va.) – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has reviewed the recommendations outlined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommending a methodology for constructing an essential health benefits package to be included in qualified health plans developed as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
An article describing the research work of John Mayer, D.C., Ph.D., Lincoln Chair at USF, was published September 24 on page B-1 of the St. Pete Times. In “Combating a ‘lingering pain of war,’” Times Staff Writer Letitia Stein looks at the huge toll of back pain in the military, where it is considered a “silent killer” and a “lingering pain of war.” She cites back pain as a top reason that soldiers leave service and the second leading neurological ailment in the U.S. after headaches. The focus of the article is a study currently being led by Dr. Mayer to look into the effectiveness of high-intensity exercise on a machine designed to strengthen the lumbar paraspinal muscles.
(From the ACA “Week In Review” of August 25, 2011) As part of the Access to Frontline Health Care Act (H.R. 531), DCs who practice in underserved areas would be eligible for student loan repayment. Introduced by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), H.R. 531 would create a new loan repayment program for frontline health care providers. Specifically, “frontline providers" would be defined as those who agree to practice in designated underserved areas for at least two years.