House of Representatives Passes Bill to Provide Chiropractic to U.S. Military
initiative was the product of many years of discussion, negotiations and
education and came only after numerous attempts by the chiropractic profession
and the Congress to persuade the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
to develop and implement a meaningful chiropractic program on their own.
The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration and action. Some
of the highlights of the bill include:
of on-going, regular chiropractic care as a routine benefit at all DVA
The establishment of a chiropractic oversight committee to assist in the
rapid implementation of full chiropractic availability within the DVA.
A mandatory schedule for deploying in-facility doctors of chiropractic
at all DVA medical centers, adding on-site practitioners at 30 sites per
year until all locations have in-facility coverage. The first 30 sites
are to be identified within sixty days of final passage of the bill.
The securing of primary care provider status for DCs so that all eligible
veterans can have direct access to chiropractic care without the need
for a referral from a medical doctor.
The appointment of a senior doctor of chiropractic to serve as a Director
of Chiropractic Services within the DVA. This key individual would be
directly responsible to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs and thus able
to by-pass a historically hostile and obstructionist medical bureaucracy.
The establishment of an effective program of training and education to
inform and orient other providers and beneficiaries as to the important
role and availability of chiropractic services within the DVA.