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Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act gains 100th cosponsor

Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act gains 100th cosponsor

Rep. Andrea Salinas (D-Ore.) is the latest member of the House to join the field of strong bipartisan support for the Medicare bill, which was evident from the start with its extended list of original sponsors: Reps. Gregory Steube (R-Fla.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y), Mark Alford (R-Mo.) and John Larson (D-Conn.). A Senate companion bill, S. 799, was also introduced in April by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). An identical bill in the previous congressional session achieved more than 150 cosponsors before it expired in December 2022.

“The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is grateful for the efforts chiropractors across the nation have made in recent months to expand support for the Medicare modernization legislation,” said John Falardeau, ACA senior vice president of public policy and advocacy. “The speed at which this bill achieved 100 cosponsors also tells us the groundwork laid in previous years helped to pave the way and that our message regarding the need for increased access to non-drug treatment options is resonating.”

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act would update the federal statute that governs Medicare by removing its arbitrary limit on chiropractic services. Restricted now to coverage of just one service, Medicare beneficiaries under the updated language would have increased access to chiropractic’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management and health promotion, which includes not only manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, but also evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and other non-drug therapies.

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