Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island supports Medicare legislation
By: Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island
The legislation would include access to Medicare-covered services such as manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.
"CSRI has long advocated chiropractic as an alternative to prescription drugs for pain management,"
Since 1972, Medicare beneficiaries have been covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—forcing them to access additional medically necessary care from other types of providers or to pay out of pocket for the services from their chiropractor. Chiropractors are the only physician-level providers in the Medicare program whose services are restricted in this manner.
In supporting H.R. 3654, CSRI follows the lead of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), which has come out strongly in favor of the legislation. The legislation, proposed in July, has been referred to the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees respectively.
"We applaud Rep. Higgins and Rep. Reed, who recognize the necessity of modernizing Medicare's chiropractic coverage to meet the needs of today's beneficiaries,"
The federal Medicare program currently serves more than 55 million individuals;
"We need this legislation to better serve the growing population of Rhode Island residents in that age bracket," said Dr. Zola. "We encourage all Rhode Islanders to get this behind legislation. That can start with a call or e-mail to your representatives in Congress to urge the Speaker to put this important legislation at the top of the agenda for Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means committees."
Rhode Island's Congressional delegation includes U.S. Representatives David Cicciline (D) and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D). Both can be contacted via their respective websites, https://cicilline.house.gov/
For more information on the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island or to find a chiropractor, you can go to https://www.richiro.org.