ACA Presses HHS to Aggressively Enforce Provider Non-Discrimination Law
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 08:02 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in comments submitted today to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), strongly defends provider non-discrimination language included in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as essential to quality patient care and genuine reform. ACA maintains that Congress' intent is clear in this matter and that states and insurers should be pressed to adhere to the law as written, which will improve patient access to quality care and reduce costs.

The comments submitted by ACA are part of the profession's on-going campaign to ensure the proper enforcement and aggressive implementation of that part of the health reform law aimed at curbing discriminatory abuses against the chiropractic profession and other non-MD health care professionals-and they complement a series targeted lobbying and grassroots activities that seeks a robust non-discrimination requirement enforceable in all 50 states.

Proper implementation of the law has been hampered in part by flawed information distributed last year by the HHS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which led some states to limit patient access to qualified health care providers, including chiropractic physicians, based solely on the providers' licenses-in direct contradiction to the intent of Congress.

ACA specifically urges HHS to repeal the flawed set of Frequently Asked Questions on Section 2706 prepared by the CCIIO, noting that "it has caused nothing but confusion and chaos, especially at the state level."

The Senate Committee on Appropriations issued similar language on July 11, 2013, in support of a revision of the FAQ on Section 2706, noting that the original document falsely gives insurers the impression that they can exclude whole categories of providers based on licensure. "The goal of this provision is to ensure that patients have the right to access covered health care services from the full range of providers licensed and certified in their state," the Senate report states.