The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), legislation that would ensure that Medicare patients have full access to all the services a chiropractor can provide under his or her state’s chiropractic scope of practice, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 19, 2021.Join the effort to secure co-sponsors for this bipartisan legislation that would allow Tennessee’s Medicare beneficiaries to receive coverage for the full range of chiropractic care.
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TCA Finds Success after a Season of Obstacles as Session Adjourns
The 112th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 and will reconvene on January 11, 2022. After starting off with a special session, it was made clear that standard procedures, access to members and the legislative process would not be business as usual. Very quickly, lobbyists charged in advocating for their groups, had to change their approach to find success amid these obstacles. While operating remotely for most of the 2021 session which challenged our ability to educate on a large scale and to assess the strength of our opposition, your advocacy team adapted and remained a strong voice, consistently communicating on behalf of the profession!
The TCA successfully passed two of our pro-active pieces of legislation in what was a session full of obstacles. These successes could not have happened without multiple years of grassroots support from TCA Members, our tireless TCA lobbying team, and the incredible leadership of our bill champions and sponsors!
SB592/HB548, TCA’s pro-active bill was signed by Governor Bill Lee on April 22, effective immediately. The bill replaces one of the consumer member appointments on the TN Board of Chiropractic Examiners with a CTA or CXT licensed in TN for not less than two years. We are tremendously grateful to our bill sponsors, Sen. Ed Jackson and Rep. Darren Jernigan, for their strong leadership in carrying this bill and their efforts at each point of the process to secure the support needed for passage!
TCA pro-active bill, SB 319/HB 419 by Sen. Joey Hensley and Rep. Scott Cepicky, which requires TennCare coverage of chiropractic services for adults, passed the Senate Floor with a vote of 31 ayes and 0 nays! Special recognition to bill sponsor, Sen. Hensley, who was a strong advocate for the bill at each step of the process. The bill also passed the House Floor by a great majority. Huge thanks to Rep. Scott Cepicky who was instrumental in advocating for the importance of this legislation and finding the means to address the fiscal concerns. Throughout it all, TCA lobbyists have, and continue to contend that access to chiropractic care for adults who might otherwise seek costly pharmaceuticals and/or surgeries to manage their conditions, will actually provide great savings for the TennCare program. The TCA has already begun discussions with key groups regarding the opportunities that will result for our members once in effect on January 1, 2022.
2021 TCA Legislative Resources
TCA Members may view a variety of legislative resources including an expansive Summary of Bills and 2021 Comprehensive Legislative Review by logging into TNCHIRO.com and clicking on the Advocacy button on the Member Home Page.
Other Recent TCA Legislative Successes
Through a concerted effort by our members, TCA leadership and our professional lobbying team we overcame a mire of obstacles and opposition. In addition to passing our Alternative to Opioids bill, which names chiropractic within the definition of “alternative treatments” per Tennessee law, TCA removed both the Massage Establishment License requirement for DCs (as well as MDs and DOs) and the Professional Privilege Tax.
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We MUST show support to legislators who made our victories possible this year and who are vital in future efforts. But, we need PAC funds to make this possible.
The TCA PAC supports candidates running for State House or Senate, and helps to strengthen current relationships that are invaluable to the future of the profession in Tennessee.
TCA Membership Dues At Work For You!
Member support enables a long list of TCA accomplishments such as the valuable work mentioned above. Think of how much more we could do if we had the support of all licensed DCs in TN…
The TCA has a responsibility to our members as the only voice for doctors of chiropractic in Tennessee and we use that platform to relentlessly advocate for good public policy.
We need a strong effort moving forward to address the ongoing insurance inequities, inclusion in programs to allow access to chiropractic care for all Tennesseans and defense to our scope, among other TCA objectives.
For roughly the cost of one dinner out a month, TN doctors who are not currently members can show their support and join others who are backing pro-active and defensive initiatives for chiropractic in TN. Plus, reap a wealth of benefits.
TCA Chiropractic Advocacy Resources
Why is the TCA Unique When it Comes to Lobbying?
Our legislators as decision-makers do not always have experience or access to information on how their constituents and patients of chiropractic might be affected. It is our job as chiropractic advocates to educate our elected officials and be certain that they have the information they need to make the best decisions possible.
There is no shortage of paid lobbyists and special interests groups who aggressively try to influence Tennessee legislators; however, the TCA is the only statewide association advocating for chiropractic in the midst of numerous lobbyists for other provider groups, business interests, insurers and others. While our strong team of TCA lobbyists speaks out for chiropractic on “the Hill”, state legislators are most responsive to their constituents – people who vote in their districts. They also feel the need to know that a specific issue is a priority in their community, and it takes the people who live and work in the community to sway them.
Why is Lobbying Necessary?
The Tennessee Chiropractic Association encourages informed and active participation in government, with the aim to ensure that chiropractic physicians’ voices are an important part of political dialogue on issues impacting the profession.
As sessions become more and more fast-paced, we cannot be guaranteed that legislators have had the opportunity to fully review every bill that comes before them for their vote. It is our job as chiropractic advocates to educate our elected officials and be certain that they have the information they need to make the best decisions possible.
Legislators Need to Hear from You
Tennessee’s state senators and representatives come from diverse backgrounds; many are not healthcare experts and may have no chiropractic experience, yet they must vote on these issues when a bill comes before them. As a healthcare expert, you are uniquely qualified to help your elected representatives understand the practical implications of healthcare policy proposals. It is vital that legislators hear from you.
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What Can I Do?
It is the TCA’s goal to promote and secure passage of our legislative objectives by the state’s legislators. To focus the tremendous grassroots power of the chiropractic profession, your TCA has developed a Legislative Ambassador network. The aim of the program is to ensure that each and every member of the General Assembly has continual contact with, and input from, his/her local Doctors of Chiropractic. If you have a personal or good working relationship with one of Tennessee’s House or Senate Members or would like to initiate one, we want to know as this can be critical in the communication process to urgent legislative issues. The goal is never threaten or antagonize, but to build a relationship and influence discussion on the basis of your knowledge and understanding of the issue.