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FCA Signs Its Support for Medicare Expansion Legislation

The FCA board of directors has voted unanimously to sign on in support of ACA’s open letter to Congress urging equality for chiropractors and their patients.  The letter supports a bill (H.R. 7157) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will allow chiropractors to practice to the full extent of their licensure in Medicare. This legislation represents important progress for ACA’s efforts to expand access to chiropractic services to America’s seniors. The open letter will be used by ACA lobbyists to demonstrate to Congress the profession’s unity of support for equality for chiropractors and their patients.  Continue reading to access the letter in its entirety.

In the letter, U.S. House members are challenged to positively consider H.R. 7157, "which will ensure seniors have access to all services in Medicare that chiropractors are licensed to provide."

The letter goes on to explain: "The time is overdue to expand the options for patients in Medicare. Since 1972 when Medicare introduced limited access to chiropractors, seniors were able to access chiropractors, but only for limited services. The medical profession has grown to recognize the benefits of chiropractic care. In fact, in 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated its guidelines for treatment of low back pain and now recommends using non-invasive, non-drug treatments before resorting to prescription drugs."

Read the letter in its entirety.