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NYC Promises 'Guaranteed' Healthcare for All Residents
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 05:22 PM

The city of New York is launching a program to guarantee that every resident has health insurance, as well as timely access to physicians and health services, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.  "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to healthcare -- everyone. We are saying the word 'guarantee' because we can make it happen."  

The program, which will cost $100 million annually, involves several parts. First, officials will work to increase enrollment in MetroPlus, which is New York's public health insurance option. The mayor's office also said the new effort "will improve the quality of the MetroPlus customer experience through improved access to clinical care, mental health services, and wellness rewards for healthy behavior."  The mayor promised that no tax increases are needed to fund the program; the $100 million will come from the city's existing budget, currently about $90 billion.

NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out gradually in different parts of the city, starting in the Bronx, according to the release. It will be fully available to all New Yorkers across the city's five boroughs in 2021.

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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.

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TCA Winter Legislative Update
Written by Kaden Norton and Joshua Massingill, StateCraft   
Friday, January 04, 2019 10:43 AM

By: Kaden Norton and Joshua Massingill, StateCraft

The turning of the calendar from 2018 to 2019 means Texas’ 86th Legislative Session is nearly here! Next week, legislators from across the state will descend upon Austin to address the issues facing Texas and Texans. Just as the New Year brings a sense of hope and opportunity for each of us, so too does the upcoming session for Texas chiropractors.  

Texas’ 86th Legislative Session begins on January 8 and continues for 140 days until May 27. In the Texas House of Representatives, the members’ first action will be to elect a new Speaker (due to past-Speaker Joe Straus’ retirement). Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) has secured the necessary votes to become the next Speaker. During the first few weeks of the session, the newly-elected Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor will appoint representatives and senators, respectively, to various committees on topics such as transportation, education, criminal justice and healthcare. Once these committee assignments are made, legislative committees will begin holding hearings to consider legislation. To reach the Governor’s desk, a bill must win the approval of both a House and Senate committee and then receive a favorable vote from the full House and Senate. Historically, only 20-25% of filed bills survive the lengthy and difficult process to become law. 

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Nominate a Colleague for an Award
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:00 AM

The deadline for nominations for the Keeler Plaque and the Young Chiropractor of the year is rapidly approaching.

Make your nomination by May 17!

To nominate, just legibly write or type your nomination and mail it to the Texas Chiropractic Association at 1122 Colorado, Suite 307, Austin TX 78701.  Make sure to put “Keeler” or “Young Chiro” on the envelope and it will be distributed to the appropriate committee unopened.

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Dec. 2018 TBCE Report
Written by Editor   
Monday, December 31, 2018 05:41 PM

In their December 2018 Newsletter the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners reports that there are 5,837 active DC licenses.  There are 49 CE-conditional licenses and 261 expired licenses.  702 licenses are inactive status, and 19 have a probated or suspended license.

Disciplinary actions reported in this newsletter included:

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