H.R. 2654: An Update
Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act Needs Co-Sponsors! Get Involved in the Fight TODAY!
Your action needed! Contact Your U.S. Representative and get your patients involved in the fight for full inclusion in Medicare!
As you know, legislation that would allow chiropractors to practice to their state’s full scope in Medicare – H.R. 2654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act – has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This important bill would allow your Medicare patients to access the full complement of the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug services, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction.
In Michigan, passage of H.R. 2654 would allow Medicare patients to access such services as manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, E/M services, diagnostic imaging, and utilization of other non-drug pain management approaches that have become an important strategy in national and statewide efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.
The critical first step in making passage of H.R. 2654 a reality is securing co-sponsors. As of June 30, 2021, the bill has 71 co-sponsors. Only two – Congressman Bill Huizenga of Holland and Congressman John Moolenaar of Midland – are from Michigan. Michigan’s delegation has 14 members, and our goal is 100% co-sponsorship, so we have a lot of work to do. And, we need YOU – and YOUR PATIENTS – to get involved.
Getting all 14 members on board as co-sponsors is even more critical, considering the influence some of our members have in Congress and the committees to which H.R. 2654 has been assigned, including:
- Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn-12th District). Rep Dingell sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the committees to which H.R. 2654 has been assigned. Within that committee, she serves on the Subcommittee on Health. Additionally, Rep. Dingell is Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. In this position, she works to develop Caucus policy and communications strategy.
- Dan Kildee (D-Flushing-5th District). Rep. Kildee sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, the other committee to which H.R. 2654 has been assigned. Rep. Kildee is also a member of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus’ leadership team, serving as Chief Deputy Whip. In this position, he acts as an important liaison among Members of Congress and leadership to build support for Caucus priorities and legislation.
- Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph-6th District). Rep. Upton co-sponsored identical legislation in the last Congress, but he has yet to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2654. This is especially critical since he sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on Health.
- Tim Walberg (R-Tipton-7th District). Rep. Walberg also co-sponsored identical legislation in the last Congress and sits on Energy and Commerce.
The support of these influential Members of Congress would go a long way toward the eventual passage of H.R. 2654. Given the enormous influence that Medicare has on both Medicaid and private health insurance, passage of the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act could revolutionize chiropractic’s standing in America’s health care systems.
The current Medicare law is unfair to chiropractic patients and the profession. It also drives the skyrocketing costs of the Medicare system – a system that we as federal taxpayers are funding – by pushing patients into higher risk, higher-cost medical alternatives and away from the use of safe, efficacious, and cost-effective chiropractic care.
Email your congressperson today and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2654. It’s fast, easy, and will make a difference.
But your congressperson and their staffs need to hear not just from district chiropractors, but from constituent patients, as well.
Print the patient handouts [full version, half-page] and give them to all your adult patients. Patients can use the QR code on these handouts to easily and quickly contact Rep. Upton from your clinic’s waiting room! A true grassroots effort consisting of chiropractic patient constituents will not be ignored.
A little time and effort from you today will make a huge difference. It’s time that our Medicare patients can access the full healing power of chiropractic, and it’s time we all pulled together to make it happen.