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Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Chiropractic Coverage in Tricare for Military Retirees, Dependents, and Survivors
February 14, 2018, Falls Church, Virginia: Congressmen Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) and David Loebsack, (D-IA) have introduced HR 4973, the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act. This legislation seeks to implement a permanent inclusion of chiropractic services through Tricare to military retirees, their dependents and survivors. The legislation will require access to chiropractic, without a referral from other health providers. The legislation covers chiropractic care and confirms Congress's position that chiropractic care does not include surgery or drugs. For the full text of the bill, click here.
Beth Clay, Director of Government Relations stated, "The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) supports this legislation. It is past time those who have served our nation and their families should be ensured access to chiropractic care through their Tricare insurance. Congressman Rogers has introduced this important legislation nine times since 2003. Last session, Congress instructed the Administration to study the feasibility expanding chiropractic coverage in Tricare beyond active duty members to also include retirees, dependents and survivors. We will be asking every member of Congress to co-sponsor this bill and help it become law."
"Congress has expanded access to chiropractic in both DOD and VA hospitals; expanding access through Tricare is needed to insure access for all our retirees; their dependents and survivors." stated Dr. George Curry, President of ICA. He continued, "Expanding access to chiropractic care for our veterans and their families who have sacrificed and given so much for us must be a top priority."
ICA Meets with NCCIH Director and Staff
February 1, 2018, Falls Church, Virginia: On January 18, 2018, in an historic meeting on behalf of the chiropractic profession, representatives from the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) met with David Shurtleff, Ph.D., Acting Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and members of his staff.
Dr. Stephen Welsh, ICA Vice President led the discussion which focused on both research related to chiropractic and pain management as well as a greater discourse about chiropractic as a system of healing and the need to develop more chiropractic researchers as well as to partner Ph.D. researchers with the chiropractic profession. Read More
Jobs for Heroes Act Signed into Law - Chiropractors Better Able to Serve Veteran Community
January 11, 2018, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) applauds the streamlining of federal regulations in the Jobs for Heroes Act signed into law by President Donald J. Trump this week. During the last Administration, Congress passed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Public Law 114-94) which created a process by which a qualified Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physician can perform a medical examination on an eligible veteran operator of a commercial motor vehicle and provide the medical certificate necessary for an individual to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Beth Clay, Director of Government Relations for ICA stated, "[As a result of] The Jobs for Heroes Act... Doctors of Chiropractic are better able to help our nation's military and veteran community." Read More
International Chiropractors Association Submits Comments to AHRQ
January 10, 2018, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has submitted extensive comments on December 26, 2017 to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Comparative Effectiveness Review Draft entitled, "Noninvasive, Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review". The authors of the draft report have a stated goal to use this systematic review to develop better informed guidelines and health policy. The report will become the latest response from an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services to the federal government's call for solutions to the chronic pain management crisis that has led to the over prescribing of opioids, addiction, and opioid-related deaths. The full text of the ICA's comments can be accessed here.
Upon studying the new report, ICA's Director of Government Relations Beth Clay stated, "While I applaud the effort to gather the evidence on the benefit of non-drug options for pain management, suggesting that this systematic review encompasses the entire universe of non-drug options is misleading. The truth, which ICA pointed out in its submission, is that chiropractic care was not substantially reviewed or considered. While such terms as 'mind-body' and 'acupuncture' were specifically included, we found that the term 'chiropractic' was not included in the search terms used to gather research papers, and appears only once in passing in the more than 200-page report." Read More
CALL TO ACTION: Help ICA Grow Membership in the New Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus
January 5, 2018, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is calling upon all US state chiropractic associations to invite their Members of Congress to join the recently formed Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus.
The caucus is designed to serve as a non-partisan educational forum for Members to receive up to date information regarding integrative health, and wellness issues and care pathways, including the proven clinically and cost-effective record of chiropractic care. The first caucus event is in the planning stages for mid-March and will focus on non-drug options for pain management. Read More
New Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus Established
TRT Seminar to benefit Chiropractic in Puerto Rico
You can help us save Chiropractic in Puerto Rico while you learn an incredible technique from its creator and take a break, escape the winter and come to paradise, San Juan, the only part of the Island that has been completely restored.
Dr. Jay M. Holder, with support from Chiropractic leaders and the ICA, has volunteered to host a Benefit Torque Release Technique® (TRT) Seminar to raise funds for all the chiropractors on the Island and our Foundation, known as Ajustate.
We want each one of you to "COME VISIT PR" as a Chiropractic Ambassador and give back to chiropractic. We are inviting you to come to a top resort in San Juan for a Torque Release Technique® Seminar that Dr. Jay Holder himself will be teaching the weekend of February 23, 24, 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan Gallery Plaza, a totally restored and remodeled resort in the best part of San Juan. READ DR. BONNIN'S FULL LETTER
ICA Endorses IHPC "Moving Beyond Medications" Educational Resource to Aid Consumers and Health Care Professionals to Understand Non-Opioid Options for Pain Management
"The input and leadership of ICA's Vice President Dr. Stephen Welsh, working within the with IHPC process, was vital to the development of this important tool which will help millions avoid opioid exposure and all of the proven and largely avoidable negative consequences," said ICA Government Relations Director Beth Clay. Read More
ICA Recognizes Radiographic Studies Are the Standard of Practice in Chiropractic
ICA Position on X-Rays and Chiropractic Practice
ICA Hosts Historic International Vertebral Subluxation Research Summit
ICA Presents Comments on FDA Call for Input of Dealing with the National Opioids
July 10, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has submitted extensive comments in response to a call from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a national Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids. In its submission, the ICA told FDA policy makers:
"As a drugless science focused on natural healing and care pathways, we believe that chiropractic science and practice offers a powerful, clinically effective means of reducing and, for many patients eliminating altogether the need for many prescription pain medication(s). ICA strongly believes that what is essential to mobilizing and making effective use of non-pharmacological approaches to pain and pain relief is both a serious effort to orient medical and other providers to the importance and effectiveness of those pathways, including chiropractic services, and, providing access through both public and private third-party-payment systems, to those services, as first line interventions, before pharmaceutical applications are considered. The present document does not adequately provide guidance to practitioners in these areas." Read More
Coralee Van Egmond, DC, FICA Honored as ICA's 2017 Chiropractor of the Year
House Passes McCarran-Ferguson Repeal Bill
Barcelona College of Chiropractic is awarded full accreditation by the European CCE
"All of us in the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) wish to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the BCC and its leadership upon achieving this important status," said ICA President Dr. George B. Curry. "We deeply respect and appreciate their efforts and strongly support this outstanding educational institution and the vision both our organizations share for a strong, growing and global chiropractic profession." Read More
Next steps: Plaintiffs prepare to file a new case against California's 'aggressive' SB 277 vaccine mandate
"Because of the certainty of further legal action on this vital issue of personal freedom and choice, ICA will continue to raise funds that are dedicated to support this ongoing legal effort," said Dr. Corey Rodnick, Chair of the ICA Legal Action Committee and Legal Action Fund. "It is the right thing to do and I personally want to encourage every doctor of chiropractic and concerned citizen to become familiar with the issues and to support this vitally important effort," added Dr. Rodnick. The ICA's unique online advocacy platform, AdjustTheVote, has a special arrangement for contributions to this important issue, 100% of which are directed to this critical challenge of personal health rights. To contribute to this cause, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php - ICA's donation site provides the opportunity to indicate an organization or coalition you are aligned with and would like to have identified as part of the donation process (you may also use Group code CHIRO). Read More
As expected, the Federal District Court turns down injunction request in SB 277 lawsuit
Legal counsel for the suit challenging the law include James S. Turner, Esq., who is also legal counsel for the International Chiropractors Association, and Robert Moxley, Esq.. Mr. Moxley noted, "The principle we have to defend and establish is the right of healthy people to make their own health care choices... What we are exploring is individual rights versus the power of the state." Mr. Turner observed, "a preliminary injunction involves only the determination by the judge if he holds the opinion that the case has a good chance of success at trial. This is part of the legal system that allows for the effects of a disputed law or decision to be stopped until the case is fully heard and decided upon." Legal counsel for the plaintiffs are closely examining all possible alternatives for moving forward and it is certain that there will be further litigation to secure the personal exemption option for parents and families in California. ICA will keep the chiropractic profession and all interested parties fully informed on those new court actions as they develop. Because of the certainty of further legal action on this vital issue of personal freedom and choice, ICA will continue to raise funds that are dedicated to support this ongoing legal effort.
The International Chiropractors Association has arranged for a special, secure platform for donations to help address the ongoing expenses for research, references and legal steps to successfully carry on this landmark legal battle. The ICA's unique online advocacy platform, AdjustTheVote, has a special arrangement for contributions to this important issue, 100% of which are directed to this critical challenge of personal health rights. To contribute to this cause, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php – ICA's donation site provides the opportunity to indicate an organization or coalition you are aligned with and would like to be identified as part of the donation process (you may also use Group code CHIRO).
First Hearing on Lawsuit Seeking Stay on California Mandatory Vaccination Law Held on August 12th in San Diego Federal District Court
"We believe that a strong and well-grounded set of arguments for staying the implementation of the new law were placed before the court," said lead counsel for the plaintiffs Mr. James S. Turner. "What is certain is that whatever the judge's decision, one side or the other will challenge the ruling and the next step will be an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is why we must continue to organize and build support with the public, the media and legislators and other public policy makers on the vital importance of the fundamental questions of personal rights and freedoms at issue in this case."
The International Chiropractors Association's Legal Action Fund is mounting a nationwide fundraising campaign to support this vitally important legal action. To contribute to the effort, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php (Group code CHIRO). One-hundred percent of your donation will go directly to supporting the vitally important California vaccination rights case.
Lead Legal Counsel in Landmark California Vaccine Rights Lawsuit Speaks at Life West WAVE
In addition to active work on the part of ICA's chief lobbyist and senior staff to research the many issues involved and to educate the public and policy makers, ICA is working to raise financial resources to help fund the extraordinary outlay of expenses involved in this critical effort. Donations to support this important undertaking may be made through ICA's unique online advocacy platform, https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php — which will direct 100% of these contributions to fund the expenses involved in fueling the multiple steps in this critical Federal court legal challenge.
ICA Board of Directors Unanimously Votes to Give Full Support to California Vaccination Lawsuit
ICA will be looking to prepare a "friend of the court" or amicus brief in the case. The lawyers in the case have asked for ICA's help in educating policy makers and the greater public nationwide on the basic human rights issues at stake and the need to step forward and speak out in every possible venue on the importance of preserving meaningful personal control and informed consent on all matters of health care. Read More
Historic Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Challenging California's New Mandatory Vaccination Law
The new California law revokes the right for parents to use a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) to preclude all or some vaccines when enrolling their children for school. Unless the injunction is granted, it will now be mandatory for students going to either public or private daycare, preschool, elementary, middle or high school to receive all doses of the 10 vaccines specified in the law. Read More
New Draconian California Mandatory Vaccination Law Now in Effect
The law holds denial of access to public education, a state constitutionally mandated right in California, as a penalty for a child not being vaccinated according to the state-mandated schedule. Read More
ICA Meets With West Virginia Attorney General's Office on Opioids Best Practices and Chiropractic International Chiropractors Association
Dr. Curry outlined the appropriateness of chiropractic as a first point of patient care for patients of all ages and presented extensive documentation on chiropractic effectiveness in the realm of overall drug consumption reduction and positive outcomes of populations who have received chiropractic care. Dr. Curry also noted, "the current national crisis on opioid addiction and overdoses necessitates a new paradigm shift away from harmful drugs that treat symptoms and move towards chiropractic which is designed to promote health and function. It is therefore critical that any initiative towards developing best practice opioid guidelines insure that the patient have access to chiropractic first."
As a natural, drugless science with a proven record of clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness, chiropractic is a logical resource to be more fully utilized in this public health crisis. For more information on Opioid Best Practices and Chiropractic, contact ICA at email@example.com. Read More
ICA launches special new and proactive Medicare Fairness Campaign for Patients and Practitioners
ICA Strongly Supports and Endorses the IHPC’s Innovative CoverMyCare Initiative
“This initiative is centered on educating patients, providers and most importantly public policy makers on the exact language and meaning of Section 2706 (nondiscrimination in health care) of the Affordable Healthcare Act,” said ICA Vice President Dr. Stephen P. Welsh, who represents the ICA on the IHPC’s Federal Policy Committee. “The chiropractic profession has an historic opportunity to engage with other non-MD professionals who share our concerns over discrimination, unfair exclusion and the denial of patients’ rights and ICA hopes that individuals and organizations will take full advantage of this means to build strength through numbers.” Read more
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