Chiropractic Help May Be En Route for Veterans

Total body health care is just that: total body care. Many health care providers, however, view some medical services as a waste of time and money. Chiropractic services tend to fall into this category. New legislation, however, will increase veterans’ and their dependants’ ability to access chiropractic services through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care system and the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE system.

The bill is strongly supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as well as the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC). The Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act (H.R. 329) has been reintroduced to the house and  is strongly comparable to legislation the House passed in 2010. That legislation, however, was never considered by the Senate. If passed, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, will populate all chief VA medical centers with chiropractic physicians by 2014. Just as important, however, it would amend  the VA Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001, which would ensure veterans and their dependants could not have chiropractic health advantages denied.

Chiropractic care is currently available through 36 VA medical facilities, which leaves 100 main VA facilities without such care available. Prior Congressional action attempting to staff such facilities with chiropractic physicians has unfortunately fallen short. The Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act will help many veterans with their recovery as over 50% of veterans returning from Southwest Asia and the Middle East seek treatment for musculoskeletal issues.

The Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 409) would allow military dependants to draw chiropractic care through the TRICARE program. Only active-duty soldiers are able to use chiropractic care as it is now. Taken with H.R. 329, this bill will provide very comprehensive care to veterans, active duty soldiers, and their dependants.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.