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October is Texas Chiropractic Health Month
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, September 29, 2017 08:22 AM

GOV. GREG ABBOTT PROCLAIMS OCTOBER 2017 
“CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH MONTH”

AUSTIN, SEPT. 29 – The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is pleased to announce that Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a declaration proclaiming October 2017 as “Chiropractic Health Month.” 

“Pain is an important public health problem and a major reason why people seek medical care. As many as 100 million Americans live with chronic pain as a result of serious illnesses and injuries. Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of pain sufferers’ families and caregivers,” said Gov. Abbott in the proclamation.

“Thankfully, Texas chiropractors are dedicated to treating pain effectively and safely. Doctors of Chiropractic focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. As physician-level providers, chiropractors employ conservative, drug-free approaches to health care and pain management. Focusing on, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches, chiropractors’ approach to these conditions can save the public from physical and financial tolls, as well as help individuals heal naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.”

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Senate GOP Cancels Vote on ACA Repeal Bill
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:34 AM

Senate Republicans cancelled a vote planned for this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after it became clear they didn't have enough votes to pass the measure.

But the Republicans are not giving up on the legislation, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another co-sponsor of the bill. "It took 18 months to pass Obamacare; it's going to take a while to repeal it. We had 50 votes for the substance, not 50 votes for process." Graham was referring to critics who said the bill was being rushed through without enough hearings or time to deliberate and add amendments.  "With a new process, with more hearings, with regular order ... We're going to get 50 votes," he concluded.

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Healthcare as Human Right?
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 04:05 PM

Healthcare is a basic human right and there should be a "publicly funded universal primary care program," according to resolutions adopted by the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.

The healthcare-as-right resolution stated that the AAFP "recognize that health is a human right for every person, not a privilege." It was amended to clarify “that the right to health includes universal access to timely acceptable and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality” and was passed with resounding applause.  Presumably, it is to be the medical community to determine what is deemed “appropriate.”

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TBCE Disciplinary Actions and Statistics
Written by Editor   
Friday, September 22, 2017 04:51 PM

In the September issue of the Texas Chiropractic Board Report the following statistics are reported.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

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Fall Expected to be Busy Time in D.C. for Health Legislation
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 21, 2017 03:23 PM

Despite the sometimes tempestuous relationship between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, several healthcare bills are likely to be put into play this fall.  “This fall is shaping up to be a busy and productive one in healthcare,” a senior House Republican aide said. “There are a couple of things that there is strong bipartisan support for,” one of which is the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), he continued.

Another area of bipartisan support has been Medicare “extenders" -- parts of the Medicare program that expire unless they're renewed, but they don't have to be authorized until year's end, so there is less urgency to work on them, the aide said.

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