House Passes Defense Authorization Bill; Chiropractic Language Included

Late yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5658, (Sec. 704. Chiropractic health care for members on active duty) the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2009, which includes language declaring chiropractic care a standard benefit for all active-duty military personnel. The bill—supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)—also contains language allowing for chiropractic demonstration projects at overseas military locations and clarifies that chiropractic care at U.S. military facilities is to be performed only by a doctor of chiropractic. According to ACA’s department of government relations, this most recent legislation strengthens current law and, if enacted, will increase access to chiropractic care at more facilities worldwide. To date, there is a doctor of chiropractic at 49 military bases around the United States; however, servicemen and women serving overseas do not have access to the chiropractic benefit.


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