President Bush Signs Chiropractic Veterans Bill

On January 23, 2002, President Bush signed legislation mandating the establishment of chiropractic benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) health care system. This law authorizes the hiring of chiropractors in the DVA and authorizes representatives from the chiropractic profession to implement and oversee the process.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) helped champion the inclusion of the term “subluxation” instead of being strictly neuromuscular. This bill was supported by the International Chiropractors Association, World Chiropractic Alliance, American Chiropractic Association and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

According to a recent PR Newswire article, “The measure was championed by a strong bi-partisan coalition led by Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), House Veterans Committee Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congressmen Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lane Evans (D-IL) and Bob Filner (D-CA), Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR). Governor Bob Wise of West Virginia was also instrumental in lobbying for support of the legislation.”

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