Legislation championed by American Chiropractic Association to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services known as the “Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act” and H.R. 2654 was reintroduced by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) on April 19, 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The TCA Board of Directors issued their support of previously introduced legislation toward this effort and after consideration, has continued their support of H.R. 2654.
This important legislation would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.
As the nationwide campaign to gain co-sponsors continues, we urge all TCA Members, doctors of chiropractic and Medicare patients to email your U.S. Representative TODAY and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2654.
To best serve their senior patients, chiropractic physicians must be allowed to practice and be reimbursed to the fullest extent of their licensure, training and competencies. Since the chiropractic profession was first included in Medicare in 1972, Doctors of Chiropractic and their patients have been burdened by arbitrary limitations that lack any scientific or sound policy justification. Research demonstrating positive patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness resulting from chiropractic care have advanced private coverage and state licensure to meet patient needs.
The federal Medicare program, which serves as a model for private insurance plans, currently serves more than 55 million individuals. Various projections forecast the number of people age 65 or older increasing by about one-third over the next decade. Chiropractic inclusion in Medicare was established in 1972 and has seen little change since then, other than elimination of the X-ray requirement in 1997. H.R. 2654 is bipartisan legislation that would allow TN Medicare beneficiaries to receive the full range of chiropractic care, not just manual manipulation of the spine to correct subluxation, as has been the case since 1972.
Local Action by TCA Members Is Gaining H.R. 2654 Co-sponsors
The TCA is pleased to report that Congressman David Kustoff of Tennessee’s 8th district has signed on as co-sponsor of H.R. 2654. His decision to add his name can be credited, in part, to the outreach and information provided to him by his West TN chiropractic constituents.
“As DCs, we must continue to build relationships with our legislators to better educate them on what we do and how we create value in the marketplace,” said TCA President Dr. Brock Martin of west Tennessee, who joined with other TCA Members in June to host a local event for Rep. Kustoff. “These relationships make a difference!”
Now, efforts are taking place in the 2nd and 6th U.S. districts by groups of TCA Members in east Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. Working to help provide information and foster relationships with Congressmen Tim Burchett and John Rose, these doctors are hopeful that they will be able to answer their questions regarding the bill and gain their signature as a co-sponsor. For information on hosting a local event for your U.S. Congressman, email the TCA.
Take Action Today: Ask Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2654
Quickly and easily send your email using the quick link below.
- 1st district: Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R)
- 2nd district: Rep. Tim Burchett (R)
- 3rd district: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R)
- 4th district: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R)
- 5th district: Rep. Jim Cooper (D)
- 6th district: Rep. John Rose (R)
- 7th district: Rep. Mark E. Green (R)
- 8th district: David Kustoff(R) – Bill Cosponsor
(If you are a constituent of Rep. Kustoff, you may wish to thank him for his continued support.)
- 9th district: Rep. Steve Cohen (D)
Additional talking points may be found here. Thank you for supporting this effort!