The past three weeks have been incredible and we want to salute the many in the chiropractic community who have leveraged their infrastructure and resources to provide helpful information for individual decision-making throughout this time of daily, constant change. The FCA has been hard at work providing resources directly to members through e-bulletins while posting more resources daily on fcachiro.org for public access, so that members and non-members alike can take advantage of the information.
Simultaneously, the FCA staff, legal and lobby teams have been working to advocate the status of chiropractic as an essential service with the Governor and state entities that will be issuing and interpreting Florida orders and regulations in the days ahead. Read on to access links to important opinions and guidelines affirming this status, which provides the freedom for you to continue to see patients if it is your personal decision to do so, and while following guidelines for safety.
- On March 23rd, a letter from the FCA President was hand-delivered to Florida's Governor, educating him on the need for chiropractic to be included as an essential service in state executive orders.
- On March 25th, an FCA position statement affirming chiropractic as an essential service per the Governor's Executive Order 20-72 was posted and provided to members and the Florida Department of Health;
- On March 28th, an FCA Counsel's Opinion giving statutory and regulatory citations affirming chiropractic as an essential service was delivered to the General Counsel of the Florida Department of Health, for use in DOH statewide determinations;
- On March 31st, an amended Counsel's Opinion was provided to the Florida Dept. of Health, reflecting the new (March 28, 2020) Homeland Security CISA Guidelines that now specifically include chiropractors as essential critical workers during the COVID-19 response (found at p. 5).