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Medicare Parity Efforts Advance with the Hiring of Top Lobbying Firm
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Saturday, August 04, 2018 02:57 PM

The efforts to pass federal legislation that would provide parity to chiropractors by allowing them to perform to the fullest scope of their license in Medicare was advanced recently as the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) hired the Capitol Hill Consulting Group (CHCG) to add extra strength to its efforts.

ACA chose to work with CHCG, a Washington, D.C.-based, bipartisan government relations firm, because of its strong contacts in the health care arena and, more specifically, within the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee—which will play a vital role in helping any pro-chiropractic Medicare legislation to gain momentum in Congress.

“Passage of a pro-chiropractic Medicare bill is ACA’s No. 1 legislative priority. The Capitol Hill Consulting Group will give our lobbying team the added resources they need to achieve success for our members and their patients,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC.

Former Texas Representative Bill Carter of Fort Worth has Died
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Saturday, August 04, 2018 02:44 PM

Former state Rep. Bill Carter has died.  He was 89.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday Aug. 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 8, at the same location.

Carter served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1984 until January 2003.  A chiropractic legislative friend and father to former TCA State Director Greg Carter, D.C., Rep. Carter was award the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Texas Chiropractic Association in 1995.  

Carter was well known by many and easily recognizable.   Standing 6 feet 4 inches tall with “hands like baseball mitts” he recalls shaking hands once with famed former boxer George Foreman of Houston. He said Foreman did a double take when he saw Carter’s immense hands, and Foreman said: "Hey, you’re the first man I’ve ever seen that has a hand bigger than mine.”

TBCE Proposes New Acupuncture Rule
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Monday, July 23, 2018 04:36 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) proposes this new rule to replace Chapter 78, §78.14, to promote a clear understanding of the use of acupuncture as a modality by chiropractors. Accordingly, this rule is proposed to replace the current Acupuncture rule.  It is anticipated that the TBCE will act upon this rule at their August meeting.  The entirety of the language below is the newly proposed rule:

ACA Rallies Opposition to UHC Headache Policy
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Monday, July 23, 2018 04:13 PM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), supported by chiropractic organizations across the country, strongly opposes a new policy by UnitedHealthcare (UHC) that denies headache sufferers the option to treat their pain without drugs using spinal manipulative therapy (SMT).

In a letter to UHC President and CEO Dan Schumacher, ACA calls the policy--which denies coverage of SMT for headache treatment because it states it is “unproven and/or not medically necessary”--flawed because UHC failed to include key studies in an analysis conducted in advance of its determination.

“We urge UHC to withdraw its policy based on the most recent research, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines (including AHRQ), which support the use of spinal manipulation for the treatment of headache,” writes ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC.

Insurance in Plain Language?
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:13 AM

Imagine if you could go to an insurance website and understand every word. Or you could always find what you needed to solve a problem because it was written in short, clear sentences. Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan is working to make that a reality.

Sullivan is a plain language champion, and his message is taking hold at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).  TDI is now looking for volunteers to help make sure consumer information is easy to understand. 

It’s unlikely TDI can get rid of terms like “contingent nonforfeiture benefit” overnight, but the agency is making headway.
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