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National Subsidies to Insurers to Stop
Written by Editor   
Monday, October 16, 2017 07:08 AM

Leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement explaining that  subsidy payments to insurers intended to help defray the expenses of low-income patients  would be “discontinued immediately" because of a legal opinion from the Attorney General.  

“After a thorough legal review by HHS, Treasury, OMB [the Office of Management and Budget], and an opinion from the Attorney General, we believe that the last Administration overstepped the legal boundaries drawn by our Constitution. Congress has not appropriated money for CSRs, and we will discontinue these payments immediately,” noted a statement from HHS.

"Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare. In light of this analysis, the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” said the White House press secretary.

In all, these cost-sharing subsidies amounted to about $7 billion in fiscal year 2017.

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Presidents Message TCA Is All About Community
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:56 PM
By Dr. Max Vige, TCA President
 
The Texas Chiropractic Association’s main purpose is to protect the chiropractic profession through advocacy and legal means. It’s a 52-week, 365-day job, although it commands the most attention during years in which the Texas Legislature meets, such as 2017, when a record four pro-chiropractic bills were signed into law.
 
But TCA is much more than that: it’s also about community. And that was on full display last weekend, both in Dallas and Houston.
 
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TCA Tour of Texas Returns
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, October 13, 2017 09:30 AM
Back by popular demand, the Texas Chiropractic Association is reviving the TCA Tour of Texas, our grass-roots effort to reach every licensed doctor of chiropractic in Texas. The TCA Tour of Texas will stop at cities throughout Lone Star State over the next year. There’s no cost to attend a TCA Tour of Texas event, although a contribution to the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations efforts, or to the TCA Political Action Committee (TCA PAC) which is dedicated to getting pro-chiropractic candidates elected to public office in Texas.
 
The kick-off TCA Tour of Texas stop will be held in conjunction with the District 11 meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16, at Sable Gate Winery in Midtown Houston (2600 Travis St., Ste. 104, Houston, TX 77006). To RSVP, email Dr. Alayna Pagnani.
 
Here are some of the reasons why you need to be there when the TCA Tour of Texas comes to your town:
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Thank You to TCA Premium and Elite Members
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, October 12, 2017 03:59 PM
A Big Thank You to TCA Elite and Premium Members 

The Texas Chiropractic Association wants to thank our Elite and Premium Members for their extra support of TCA and your efforts to advance the chiropractic profession in Texas.
 
The Elite Membership is an upgraded membership that includes unlimited access to all TCA events such as the Mid-Winter Conference, Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference and Chiro Texpo, TCA’s annual convention. Cost is $1,100/year or, if you prefer, you can pay $275/quarter.
 
The Premium Membership is a high-level membership that features 16 CE hours in the price of membership. Cost is $800/year or $200/quarter.
 
A significant discount off conference registration fees isn’t the only benefit of the Elite and Premium memberships. A portion of Elite and Premium membership dues support TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations efforts.
 
To join as a TCA Elite or Premium Member or upgrade your membership, contact the TCA office at (512) 477-9292 or email info@chirotexas.org. You also can join online or complete and return the Elite application and Premium application.
 
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The Future and Chronic Spinal Pain Management
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 07:52 AM

In discussions with patients from pain management groups, consumers (patients) experiencing chronic, persistent spinal pain each have a unique story, their experiences and perceived causes of their pain differed, yet the quality of life in all these consumers was markedly reduced.  This was the only clear similarity.  It confirms that there may be some similarities in the pain experience, but it is often more unique and individual. These consumers’ criticisms of care services were consistent, however, with dissatisfaction with their access to care, overall management of their pain, and noteworthy variations in the treatment they received.

These criticisms are commonplace. The problems associated with care delivery are confounded by a number of patient/consumer factors, such as lifestyle habits, nutrition, body weight, depression, health literacy, geographical isolation and poor socioeconomic conditions, making the management of persistent pain even more complicated.  In the future, matching the care service and treatment with the individual patient will become an essential component of care services.

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