We are hard at work in Albany working on the legislative priorities for the profession. One of our main legislative initiatives has been passage of a bill that would allow doctors of chiropractic to form partnerships with medical doctors. While this seems like common sense legislation that would allow for multi-disciplinary practices, it has been strongly opposed by the New York State Medical Society. Despite their objections, we have continued to work for this legislation, and we are pleased to announce that through the work of the Association, and our lobbyist in Albany, we were successful in getting the bill included in the one-house Senate proposal. This is a big step.
However, our fight is far from over, and we need your help
. The proposal cannot become law if we don’t get the Assembly on board. The Assembly sponsor of our bill has already reached out to Assembly leadership and expressed his support and desire to get this bill included in the final budget. We are asking all members to please call your local Assemblyperson and ask that they call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to say that they also support this proposal and want it included in the final budget. The proposal is known as Part V of the Senate Education Budget, S4206
. If you do not know who your Assemblyperson is or don’t have their contact information, you can visit www.assembly.state.ny.us
We want to especially thank our bill sponsors Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell for their hard work and support on this proposal. We also want to thank Senator Terrence Murphy, who as a newly elected Senator and chiropractor, knows our issues well and has been supportive.