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Chi­ro­prac­tic Advi­sory Com­mit­tee Named by U.S. Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs

It took an act of the US Con­gress, but the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs (DVA) has finally taken steps toward offer­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care to all US mil­i­tary and vet­er­ans. The first step involves the cre­ation of a com­mit­tee to over­see and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the DVA on how best to offer chi­ro­prac­tic care to all their ben­e­fi­cia­ries. As was reported in the August 8, 2002 issue of the Chi­ro­prac­tic News Ser­vice, as well as most every other chi­ro­prac­tic pub­li­ca­tion, the five mem­ber Advi­sory Com­mit­tee was made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from most national chi­ro­prac­tic associations.

Ini­tial indi­ca­tions are that the Chi­ro­prac­tic Advi­sory Com­mit­tee will have at least three meet­ings in the com­ing year, based on bud­get infor­ma­tion the DVA has pro­vided. “We are pleased to finally see some move­ment on this vital new chi­ro­prac­tic pro­gram,” said Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dr. D.D. Hum­ber. “We con­tinue to have con­cerns, how­ever, over the delay in tak­ing this first step of nam­ing Chi­ro­prac­tic Advi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­bers and what it might mean for the rest of the process. We will urge the chi­ro­prac­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tives of this com­mit­tee to come together and aggres­sively assert the rights of vet­er­ans to receive the chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices man­dated by Con­gress, with­out obstruc­tion or unnec­es­sary delay on the part of the DVA.”

Among the key issues which this Advi­sory Com­mit­tee will deal with will be direct access to chi­ro­prac­tic care, a vital com­po­nent of any ben­e­fits pro­gram and one of the top pri­or­i­ties in this and in all health ben­e­fits pro­grams, both pub­lic and pri­vate. Most of the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion is con­cerned that the DVA will attempt to limit the access of chi­ro­prac­tic care, plac­ing the ben­e­fits under the direct refer­ral of med­ical doc­tors. The chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion and the national asso­ci­a­tions are unan­i­mous in their objec­tion to any pro­vi­sion that would limit the rights of US vet­er­ans to have direct access to chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices when they desire them.

The word­ing of the bill that requires chi­ro­prac­tic care to be offered by the DVA includes the fol­low­ing. “The pro­gram shall be car­ried out at sites des­ig­nated by the Sec­re­tary for pur­pose of the pro­gram. The Sec­re­tary shall des­ig­nate [at least] one site for such pro­gram in each geo­graphic ser­vice area of the Vet­er­ans Health Admin­is­tra­tion. The sites so des­ig­nated shall be med­ical cen­tres and clin­ics located in urban areas and in rural areas. The chi­ro­prac­tic care and ser­vices avail­able under the pro­gram shall include a vari­ety of chi­ro­prac­tic care and ser­vices for neuro-​musculoskeletal con­di­tions, includ­ing sub­lux­a­tion complex.”

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