U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to
Provide Chiropractic to U.S. Military Veterans
This legislative initiative was the product of many years of
discussion, negotiations and education and came only after numerous
attempts by the chiropractic profession and the Congress to persuade the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to develop and implement a
meaningful chiropractic program on their own. The bill now moves to the
U.S. Senate for consideration and action. Some
of the highlights of the bill include:
- The establishment of on-going, regular chiropractic care as a
routine benefit at all DVA facilities.
- The establishment of a chiropractic oversight committee to assist in
the rapid implementation of full chiropractic availability within the
- A mandatory schedule for deploying in-facility doctors of
chiropractic at all DVA medical centers, adding on-site practitioners
at 30 sites per year until all locations have in-facility coverage.
The first 30 sites are to be identified within sixty days of final
passage of the bill.
- The securing of “primary care provider status” for DCs so that
all eligible veterans can have direct access to chiropractic care
without the need for a referral from a medical doctor.
- The appointment of a senior doctor of chiropractic to serve as a
Director of Chiropractic Services within the DVA. This key individual
would be directly responsible to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs
and thus able to by-pass a historically hostile and obstructionist
- The establishment of an effective program of training and education
to inform and orient other providers and beneficiaries as to the
important role and availability of chiropractic services within the