Each year, chiropractors get together to try to promote legislation that would advance people’s access to chiropractic care. This meeting is NCLC (National Chiropractic Legislative Conference) in Washington DC usually at the end of February. I thought I’d let you know what is going on or going to go on there.
Last November the leaders of the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) met to discuss the issues facing the profession. Each year they come up with 5-7 issues that need action. Legislative briefs are created so that those of us addressing our elected officials have some data to fall back on. They usually put these out a week or two before the conference so you have a chance to review them and understand the issue at hand. Here are last years briefs. I will post the briefs for this year as soon as they are put out. Look for those here in the next few weeks.
According to the ACA website this years NCLC will focus on “Grassroots mobilization, empowering patients and supporters to become involved in the legislative process as citizen lobbyists and the effective training of DCs as spokespersons and organizers of grassroots activity.” This is an example of government by the people. We are the people. We get to make the rules, so let’s take part in our own governance.
Already this month, the first chiropractic legislation of this year was introduced in the US House of Representatives. It is H. R. 484 introduced by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL). Click here to take action to help get this bill passed. This bill attempts to extend chiropractic care in the military health system to U.S. military retirees, dependents and survivors through the Defense Department’s TRICARE program. Here is some background information on the issue from the ACA. It’s an older code, but it checks out.