WCA-Sponsored Chiropractic Clinical Tools Package Becomes Law
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Governor Scott Walker signed WCA's sponsored bill into law on Wednesday, March 28. Pictured alongside the Governor, from left, are WCA President Dr. Gene Yellen-Shiring, WCA Communications and Marketing Director David Bobka, Rep. Wichgers' Staff Gabriel Szerlong, and bill author Rep. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego).
This bill, known as Assembly Bill 260/Senate Bill 232, allows chiropractors to delegate appropriate services to other licensed health care providers, protects the ability of chiropractors to perform US Driver Examinations, clarifies that chiropractors can use cold laser, and allows chiropractic students to do preceptorships earlier in their education.
This legislation passed the Wisconsin State Senate on February 20 and was concurred in by the Wisconsin State Assembly on February 21.
AB 260 originally included giving chiropractors the ability to perform acupuncture, dry needling, and sports physicals with additional training. Despite extensive lobbying efforts to convince members of the legislature to retain these important clinical tools as part of the bill, the WCA Government Affairs team, with approval from the WCA Board of Directors, agreed to remove these aspects of the bill in order to move the rest of this legislation forward.
“While we remain committed to gaining these important tools for our members, we felt it was important to get done what we could during this session,” said WCA Executive Director John Murray.
We sincerely thank the author of this WCA-backed legislation, Rep. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego). WCA President Dr. Gene Yellen-Shiring is pictured here (at right) alongside Rep. Wichgers at the bill signing.
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