Anyone remember 1972? Even if you lived through it, you probably don’t! Richard Nixon was president. A gallon of gas was 55¢. A Ford Pinto cost $2,078 (before it exploded, much less after!). And Medicare introduced chiropractic as a covered service.
The initial inclusion of chiropractic required an x-ray to demonstrate a subluxation (i.e., a misalignment) and covered only manual manipulation of the spine to correct the subluxation. The x-ray, however, wasn’t a covered cost?! In 1997, the x-ray requirement was waived. The antiquated rule of covering only manual manipulation of the spine remained. And still does, some 44 years later!
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has launched a major grassroots campaign to change this legislation and allow chiropractors to use their full scope of practice to treat patients, including adjunctive therapies (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.) and rehabilitative stretching/exercise programs. “This initiative would significantly improve the health and wellness of our nation’s aging population,” notes the ACA.
“The National Medicare Equality Petition will raise awareness of how the current Medicare system shortchanges seniors who want and need the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) to stay healthy, pain-free and mobile, and how DCs can be a part of the solution for what ails the U.S. health care system.”
We are asking our patients and supporters to sign the petition and add their names to the growing list of Americans who want rightful access to and full reimbursement for services provided by DCs. Our hope is to finally have our voice heard in Congress – and to demand a solution to this problem.