Colorado Chiropractic Association Endorses
H.R. 8701 The Chiropractic Act of 2022
The Board of Directors for the Colorado Chiropractic Association has reviewed H.R. 8701, The Chiropractic Act of 2022, Medicare related legislation recently introduced by Congressman Bill Posey of Florida. In reviewing this bill, we are confident that H.R. 8701 is a viable legislative approach that can resolve the challenges to fair treatment of chiropractors and chiropractic patients in Medicare while remaining revenue neutral.
H.R. 8701, The Chiropractic Act of 2022, provides specific instructions to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover chiropractic exams and when needed imaging (x-ray) services in addition to the chiropractic adjustment. Additionally, the legislation a patient’s freedom to privately contract provision to also include doctors of chiropractic. This is commonly referred to as the Opt-Out Provision. When private contracting was added to Medicare in 1992, chiropractors were the only physician providers not included in the provision. Importantly, the bill has a date of enactment that shortly after being signed into law it can be implemented so that Medicare beneficiaries who have paid into the system for decades can benefit.
The Colorado Chiropractic Association asks all our members to call their Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and request they co-sponsor H.R. 8701 and work to see it become law.
Find your Representative here https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Talking points and tips from the ICA can be found at https://www.chiropractic.org/advocacy/hr8701/
Read more about the ICA’s Medicare Goals at https://www.chiropractic.org/advocacy/icas-medicare-goals-2021/