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WCA Board President Secures 2 Additional Co-Sponsors of H.R. 3654
February 18, 2020

During a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual ACA Engage 2020 lobbying day, WCA Board President Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring was able to secure two additional co-sponsors of H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019. Dr. Gene personally met with numerous Congressional Representatives to advocate for H.R. 3654 and the chiropractic profession. As a result of his efforts, U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI 3rd Congressional District) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd Congressional District) agreed to become co-sponsors of H.R. 3654. They are the first co-sponsors in the state of Wisconsin to sign on to the legislation. This is a significant step forward in the process to garner support for H.R. 3654. It is vital that we continue our forward momentum - please encourage your colleagues, patients, friends and family to reach out to their member of Congress, urging them to support H.R. 3654. Visit  HR3654.org for more information on the bill. Once there, click on the “Take Action” button to locate your member of Congress and send him or her a personalized message asking for their support.

Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Gene Yellen-Shiring, Ron Kind (D-WI 3rd District), WCA member & ACA Board Member Dr. Leo Bronston & 4th trimester Northwestern student Ben Degenhardt.

Pictured above from left to right: 4th trimester Northwestern student Ben Degenhardt, Dr. Gene Yellen-ShiringMark Pocan (D-WI 2nd District), and WCA member & ACA Board Member Dr. Leo Bronston.

Pictured above from left to right: 4th trimester Northwestern student Ben DegenhardtWCA member & ACA Board Member Dr. Leo BronstonBryan Steil (R-WI 1st District) and Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring.

Update on ACA H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019
November 29, 2019

According to a mid-November update from the American Chiropractic Association, more than 10,000 letters have been sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to co-sponsor H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would provide patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor's state licensure. H.R. 3654 currently has 35 co-sponsors. To date, Wisconsin Congressional Representatives are still on the fence. Please encourage your colleagues, patients, friends and family to reach out to their member of Congress. Visit HR3654.org for more information on the bill. Once there, click on the “Take Action” button to locate your member of Congress and send him or her a personalized message asking for their support of this legislation.

WCA Continues to Lead on Medicare Modernization
September 10, 2019

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association continued its efforts to advocate for Medicare modernization last week with a meeting with 1st District Congressman Bryan Steil (R-WI-1st district).

WCA President and ACA delegate Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring was joined by long-time WCA member and 1st CD resident Dr. James Damrow at a meeting with Congressman Steil at his Janesville office on Friday, September 6th.  The purpose of this meeting was to ask him to support HR 3654 - the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019.

"We deeply appreciate the opportunity to meet with Congressman Steil to discuss Medicare moderization and ask him to co-sponsor this important legislation," said Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring.

WCA leaders have been meeting with members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation during their end of summer recess to educate them on HR 3654 and request their co-sponsorship.

"We have an historic opportunity to modernize Medicare and give patients the opportunity to access the full range of care that chiropractic can offer," said Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring.

"The WCA will continue to work directly with members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation and will continue mobilizing our members and their patients to get this done."

Pictured above: WCA member Dr. James Damrow (left) and WCA President and ACA Delegate Dr. Gene Yellen Shiring (right) recently met with Congressman Bryan Steil (R-WI-1st Congressional District) to ask him to co-sponsor HR 3654.

Pictured at right: WCA leaders along with Medicare patients recently met with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI-2nd district) to ask him to co-sponsor HR 3654 - the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act.

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Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2019

Arlington, VA – A bill that would update Medicare by increasing its coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their licensure was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The legislation, H.R. 3654, known as the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019, would align Medicare’s coverage of chiropractic services with that of other federal health care providers as well as many private health plans.

The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes Medicare-covered services such as manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging  and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.

“The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraged that this bill would finally give Medicare beneficiaries access to the same safe and effective chiropractic services that members of our military, veterans, and federal employees now enjoy,” said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

“We applaud Rep. Higgins and Rep. Reed, who recognize the necessity of modernizing Medicare’s chiropractic coverage to meet the needs of today’s beneficiaries,” added Keith Overland, DC, chairman of the ACA Legislative Advisory Board.

Since 1972, Medicare beneficiaries have been covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—forcing them to access additional medically necessary care from other types of providers or to pay out of pocket for the services from their chiropractor. Chiropractors are the only physician-level providers in the Medicare program whose services are restricted in this manner.

The federal Medicare program currently serves more than 55 million individuals; various projections forecast the number of people age 65 or older increasing by about one-third over the next decade.

To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org/Medicare.         

Source: https://www.acatoday.org/News-Publications/Newsroom/News-Releases/Bill-Introduced-to-Modernize-Medicare-Coverage-of-Chiropractic-Services