Chiropractic Care for Veterans

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I received notice today from the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) that US Representative Bob Filner’s legislative initiative to provide program wide chiropractic staffing at all US Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, H.R. 1470, has passed out of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and will now be considered by the Full House of Representatives.

According to the ICA, this important legislation would extend veterans access to in-facility chiropractic services by requiring the expansion of chiropractic personnel requirements to not fewer than 75 medical centers by not later than December 31, 2008, and at all medical centers by not later than December 31, 2011. It would also speed up the expansion of the highly successful pilot chiropractic services program, and assist in meeting the high demand for chiropractic services by the veteran population. Finally, this legislation would provide better access to veterans for the care of their choice.

In the United States, nearly all Americans have access to chiropractic care, regardless of insurance coverage for chiropractic services. Unfortunately, often times US veterans who have served to preserve this country’s freedoms, are required to pay out-of-pocket for chiropractic care since there are too infrequently chiropractic services available at veterans health care facilities. US representatives like Bob Filner believe veterans deserve the health care benefits chiropractic offers them.

You can make a difference in making this a reality. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to add their names to this important bill as cosponsors by calling Mr. Bob Filner’s office at 202-225-8045.

To identify your US House of Representatives member, you can visit the web site, enter your zip code, and the name of your house member will appear. Here is a link to write to your US Representative: Write Your Representative

Is your elected US Representative doing something positive towards improving healthcare and access to chiropractic services in America? If so, we’d like to know about it. Editor e-mail can be accessed at the top of this article. @ 8:15 am | Article ID: 1179425770