Medicare: S. 4042/H.R. 2654

 

Legislation to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (S. 4042/H.R. 2654) 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.

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (S. 4042/H.R. 2654):

    • Is bipartisan legislation that provides patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure.
    • Requires that DCs complete a documentation webinar.
    • Appropriately defines a Doctor of Chiropractor (DC) as a “physician” in the Medicare program.

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For almost 50 years, Medicare beneficiaries have only been covered for one chiropractic service, manual manipulation of the spine.

Lack of Medicare coverage means seniors and other Medicare patients who require services are forced to either pay their chiropractors out of pocket or visit a provider whose standard procedures may involve drugs, or other treatment options that are often unnecessary.

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (S. 4042/H.R. 2654), is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that will allow Medicare beneficiaries to fully access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management. Non-drug approaches to pain management have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.

Additionally, while the bill increases access options for Medicare beneficiaries, it does not add any new services or remove services currently covered under Medicare. Recent studies show that access to chiropractic care can save money for the healthcare system, particularly when compared to prescriptions and surgery. Click here for more information about recent studies on the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care (PDF).

S. 4042/H.R. 2654 is bipartisan legislation addressing a nationwide issue. Access to chiropractic care will benefit more than 55 million Americans.

It is vital that your federal representative hears from patients about the importance of increased access to chiropractic care. Urge your representative to co-sponsor S. 4042/H.R. 2654 and thank them for their support of Medicare patients.

Visit acatoday.org/TakeAction to send a letter or call your representative at 202-224-3121 and tell them to “Cosponsor S. 4042/H.R 2654.”