Time for Change: National Medicare Equality Petition
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Thursday, September 03, 2015 06:36 PM

THE AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION (ACA) will soon launch a national petition to generate support for expanded access to chiropractic services for Medicare beneficiaries and allow chiropractic patients to have full access to Medicare-covered services provided by DCs.  The Medicare demonstration program conducted from 2005 to 2007 showed that having DCs provide these services was budget neutral in most areas, but equal access coverage has been a difficult struggle.  Once chiropractic supporters are enlisted to sign the petition, ACA will conduct various grassroots campaigns designed to make legislators in Washington aware of the limited chiropractic benefit in Medicare and urge them to work for a solution the ultimate goal in all of this is to create a database of supporters large enough to create a cacophony too loud for Congress to ignore.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) nationwide will be urged to have their patients sign the petition and join ACA’s ChiroVoice grassroots legislative movement. DCs will be encouraged to share the petition via their social media channels, gen- erating even more support.

In an interview with John Falardeau, ACA senior vice president of public policy and advocacy, ACA News learns more about the National Chiropractic Equality Petition and what DCs can do now to help prepare for ACA’s big push for congressional support later this year.

ACA News: Why a petition?

J.F.: “Petition” signifies a focus on a certain subject or cause.