Chiropractic Advocates Return to State Capitol for Successful Day on the Hill

Thank you to all our Day on the Hill participants!

After two years of circumstances limiting our ability to host an in-person Day on the Hill, the TCA was pleased to once again welcome chiropractic physicians, assistants, family members and patients back to the capital. Meeting with their legislators, they were a strong voice for chiropractic on the importance of fair pay and continuing to support access to care for all.

TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens welcomed everyone to the morning briefing at the Cordell Hull Building, where advocates heard updates from TCA professional lobbyists, Adam Nickas and Alexanderia Honeycutt-Gambrell on this year’s session and the importance of a well-funded TCA PAC in the upcoming election year. TCA President Dr. Brock Martin and TCA Government Relations Chair Dr. Andrew Dixon provided additional insight on TCA legislative efforts.

Sincere appreciation goes to Speaker Cameron Sexton who took time to come and speak to participants on issues affecting the profession, including ways that chiropractic can benefit our state’s health care system. Thanks also to Carol Lovin, chiropractic advocate and wife of TCA Member Dr. John Lovin, for sharing her inspiring story of how she was led to become more involved in advocating for the profession and the power of fostering key connections at the state and national levels for chiropractic. A capitol tour was also provided for attendees.

Meetings with local legislators were the prime focus of the day! As a result of their efforts, there were more than 30 connections made with state lawmakers who will vote on chiropractic issues, providing valuable feedback. Professional issue briefs highlighting key bills, including our Fair Pay Methodology Bill, were provided for participants to use in their legislative appointments.

Many members of TCA legislative leadership team went above and beyond to assist others in their appointments and foster key connections, including members of the TCA Board of Directors, TCA Past President Dr. Beth Barnett, and TCA Member Dr. Marc Lerner. We are sincerely grateful for the willingness to step in wherever needed to make sure all had a positive experience!

We are grateful for this dedicated group of participants which included representatives from east, middle and west Tennessee, rural and urban areas, and an array of practice structures from solo practitioners to multi-disciplinary offices, who all came together and made their presence known for chiropractic!

If you participated in Day on the Hill, be sure to return your Legislative Appointment Response Form to the TCA office if you have not already done so. These are important in our advocacy efforts! Thank you!

View the full 2022 TCA Day on the Hill photo album here.

 


Want to Engage in Grassroots Efforts?
TCA Members may access Legislative Issue Briefs, an updated TCA 2022 Legislative Summary and talking points, under the Advocacy section of the TNChiro.com
Member Login as a benefit for those who would like to provide materials to their legislators.  Email tca@tnchiro.com for assistance.


Why do we need a Day on the Hill?  

The TCA encourages informed and active participation in government, with the aim to ensure that chiropractic physician voices are part of political dialogue on issues impacting the profession. Far too often in the development of public policy, the needs and concerns of those that are affected are overshadowed by statistical data, political speechifying and high-profile jockeying among powerful special interests.

Doctors of chiropractic must get involved in the discussions that directly affect them!  Without your voice, others will be speaking for you.  

Chiropractic Day on “the Hill” is the one day out of the year that the TCA asks ALL Tennessee chiropractic physicians, staff members, family members and advocates for the profession to come to the state capitol in Nashville to meet with their legislators and talk about matters affecting chiropractic.

With thousands of bills presented in each General Assembly, many of which impact you and your practice… This is your CHANCE to make sure your voice is heard!

In the words of participant Dr. Todd Davidson of Smyrna, TN:

“If you have not attended Chiropractic Day on the Hill because you just don’t know what to expect, don’t worry. You will be well taken care of through the entire process. I learn more about the legislative process every time!”