It’s Party Time – Join Us at TCA Legislative Day, TCLC in Austin
Written by Don White, DC, FICC   
Friday, January 04, 2019 03:25 PM

The holidays are behind us and 2019 is here, but there’s another party or two to attend and I am inviting you as my personal guest.

Valentine’s Day also is TCA Legislative Day, the biggest event of the year for Texas chiropractors. “Show Your Love for Chiropractic!” by joining us in Austin on Thursday, February 14.

Why do you need to be at TCA Legislative Day? The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicks off next week and TCA and all Texas chiropractors have a lot at stake. The threats to chiropractic are as real as they were in 2017, when the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission and Texas Legislature debated your right to diagnose. Guess what? We won and one of the reasons was your passion and commitment to chiropractic.

So, you might be thinking, what’s the next crisis? While the Third Court of Appeals reconsiders last month’s decision in the TMA v. TBCE/TCA lawsuit and we prepare to take our case to the Texas Supreme Court, your ability to treat nerve-related conditions (including the subluxation complex) is at risk. Clearly, the only way to prevent these frivolous lawsuits is to find a legislative solution. Consequently, TCA plans to file a bill that would include the neuromusculoskeletal system within our chiropractic scope.

What else is TCA going for during the 86th Texas Legislative Session? Read the legislative preview by TCA lobbyists Kaden Norton and Josh Massingill of StateCraft in this issue of eSource. In a nutshell, TCA has authored bills ranging from acupuncture to insurance equality for all Texas chiropractors. Following a trend in several other states, we are leveraging chiropractic care as a solution to the opioid crisis that is gripping our country.

TCA Legislative Day is our single, best opportunity to educate state legislators about the value of chiropractic. It’s our chance to explain the high-level education and training that chiropractors receive and the positive outcomes of our patients. Politically, it’s the time to identify our potential champions, who are willing to sponsor and/or vote for pro-chiropractic legislation. It makes a huge difference if you have a personal relationship with an official, so please let us know.

One of our goals on TCA Legislative Day is to visit the office of every single state senator and representative. We came close to achieving that feat in 2017, when 600+ chiropractors, students and faculty from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College, office staff, patients and chiropractic supporters stormed the Capitol. It was one of the proudest moments in the long history of TCA and, with your help, we believe we can break our own record on February 14.

The excitement of TCA Legislative Day is like nothing else you’ve experienced. When hundreds of chiropractors are in the building, everyone – particularly legislators – take notice. This is one party you don’t want to miss. Join the fun and register for TCA Legislative Day online today; the earlier you sign up, the more likely you will be included on office visits with your elected officials. Never lobbied before? Don’t worry … TCA will provide you with all the details and training prior to TCA Legislative Day. 

After TCA Legislative Day, the party continues with the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC) on February 15-16 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at The Capitol. Whether you are from Central Texas or other parts of the state, extend your trip to Austin by attending TCLC. You can earn all 16 CE hours, including the TBCE required hours. The chance to hear the one-and-only Shilo Harris, a retired Army vet with an incredible chiropractic story and our keynote speaker at TCLC, is worth the price of registration alone. Rooms are going fast! Make your hotel reservations by January 20 to secure your room. Save money on your TCLC registration when you sign up by January 25. You can register for TCLC online or call the TCA Office at (512) 477-929. 

Come and have fun with your chiropractic colleagues and let’s advance the greatest profession in the world. I plan to be there with a couple hundred of my good friends. Will you? 

See you in Austin next month! 

Don White, DC, FICC
TCA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair