Congress + August Recess = TIME TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON
Congress is now out of session for the August recess. This means Congresspersons are back home in their districts and connecting with constituents. This is a great time for constituents to reach out to their members of Congress about the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654).
What is H.R. 3654?
H.R. 3654 is legislation that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to have coverage for and access all of the services provided by a chiropractic physician acting within his/her scope of practice.
Why is this important?
Right now, Medicare will only reimburse chiropractic physicians for spinal manipulation. Because doctors must provide additional services to accurately and professionally diagnose a patient, this causes an undue financial hardship on patients who may not be able to pay out of pocket for all of the required services. Medicare pays for these services when provided by other health care practitioners but not chiropractic physicians. Therefore, the patient’s ability to choose his/her provider is effectively extremely limited.
Where are we today?
H.R. 3654 was introduced into Congress roughly a year ago. The legislation currently has 82 co-sponsors from all over the country, including 5 from Illinois. They are Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL 13), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL 15), Rep Mike Bost (R-IL 12), and Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL 11).
Our goal is to have the entire Illinois delegation as co-sponsors of this legislation.
How Can You Help to Pass the Legislation?
We are calling our members to action! We want you to reach out to your member of Congress while he/she is home for the August recess.
There are 3 ways you can connect with your Congressperson during this time. They are as follows:
Call your Congressperson and leave a message asking him/her to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3654. The talking points for the issue can be found here.
Congresspersons are holding office hours for constituents to meet with them. Please note, due to COVID-19, many Congresspersons require advanced registration to attend office hours in person. Also, due to COVID-19, many Congresspersons are holding office hours virtually. Connect with your Congressperson by following on social media and watch for announcements as to when they may be in a town near you! At this time, due to the election law, members of Congress will NOT be hosting tele-town halls. Many will resume after this election cycle concludes.
Learn more and for meeting resources go to: https://www.acatoday.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Regulatory-Policy/medicare
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