Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Medicaid is about to eliminate chiropractic care...

Help Stop Medicaid Policy Change
In 2016 Heather Wrenn, Interim Executive Director of the NCCA, and leaders of the chiropractic community met with DHHS to oppose a Medicaid policy change that wouldlimit chiropractic reimbursement to children over the age of 19. Testimony was presented from DCs on the benefits to their patients, as well as letters of referral from MDs. Unfortunately, DHHS has decided to continue with the policy change.They have also changed the process for prior approval for beneficiaries with Medicaid in regards to Pregnant Women Benefits. This policy change will make referrals cumbersome and an obstacle for someone to seek chiropractic care. The NC Chiropractic Association adamantly opposes both changes.  

The public comment period runs today through April 22nd, 2017. Even if you do not see Medicaid patients, the NCCA encourages all licensed NC doctors, their staff members, family, patients, etc. to submit a statement against this policy change to

Sample text is below that you can copy and paste. Please feel free to add your own personal story or testimonial. Please send this language and email to your patient database and ask them to submit comments. The only way the policy change will be stopped is if we have an overwhelming number of negative comments so please take two minutes to send this email. 

Subject Line:  Oppose Policy Changes to 1-F, Chiropractic Services

Attention DHHS policymaker:
I am strongly opposed to the changes proposed to 1-F, Chiropractic Services. It is crucial that children have the opportunity to seek chiropractic care and this policy will take away the option for those under the age of 19.The benefits of chiropractic are well-documented and you are removing a choice of health care that is effective and cost-efficient. The changes to prior approval requirements for pregnant women are cumbersome and will provide an obstacle for those seeking care. Neither of these changes is in the best interest of the Medicaid patient.