TCA Working to Protect and Promote Chiropractic on the Hill in 2021
The TCA welcomes the members of the TN 112th General Assembly to Nashville, as they reconvened on January 12, 2021. We appreciate their service to Tennessee and look forward to working with them throughout the legislative session.
Each legislative session, thousands of bills are brought by interest groups that have the potential to positive and negatively impact the chiropractic profession and your bottom line. The TCA quickly works through each and every one of these bills to see how they might impact our members, while at the same time, working our pro-active legislative agenda.
We are currently monitoring scope bills as well as a large amount of bills impacting healthcare and insurance, plus caption bills and other bills that could impact the business of healthcare.
In addition to our TCA pro-active efforts in 2021, we are prepared to play defense on all proposed legislation with the potential to negatively affect you and your patients. Nationally, we continue to monitor legislative developments impacting chiropractic as well.
Watch for updates on TCA’s 2021 legislative efforts via your Member Login and in your member e-newsletter, Doctor Privilege.
2021 TCA Legislative Priorities Online Resource
TCA Members may view an expansive Summary of Bills by logging into TNCHIRO.com and clicking on the Advocacy button on the Member Home Page.
Be Ready: Watch for Legislative Calls to Action
Chiropractic has been successful through the years because of your actions. TCA will be sending ‘Call to Action’ emails to constituents of key legislators on urgent issues as they come on calendar.
Please watch your email, and if contacted, respond! TCA will provide background information and talking points to support you in these contacts, but your grassroots efforts to reach out to your legislators as a constituent will be critical to our success!
Do you know your Senator and Representative? Click here to find your legislators!
TCA Legislative Successes
As a result of TCA’s effective and strategic relationships in 2020, the TCA is proud that we were successful in protecting and promoting chiropractic as Essential and enabling TN DCs to continue caring for patients when other states were not, and we continue this effort. In spite of the challenges experienced this session, the TCA’s defensive efforts succeeded in protecting critical scope of practice language and in stopping broad scope expansion bills along with numerous insurance-related bills with the potential to negatively impact your practice.
Saving Chiropractors Over Half Million Dollars Annually
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.
Back the TCA PAC Fund
We MUST show support to legislators who made our victories possible this year and who are vital in 2021 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.
Below, the TCA has compiled resources to assist our members to be strong grassroots advocates for the chiropractic profession.
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.
Click here to find your legislators.
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.