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Members of the House Armed Services Committee approved a strong pro-chiropractic directive in an official committee report. The report accompanied the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The language the committee used states that services that are provided by chiropractors across the country, including Charlotte, NC, are beneficial for men and women in the military. They said that it is of “high quality” and a “key benefit” of the military health care system.

Both the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), say that the language the committee used is important for many reasons. “What we have here–and this is very important–is an official statement from one of the House’s oversight committees with authority over the Pentagon that directly links the services of DCs to the treatment of conditions experienced as a result of combat operations. This is a huge validation that chiropractic services are of significant, direct value to a combat fighting force,” said ACA President Keith Overland, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

Additionally, the language the committee used will help make sure that chiropractors within the military have pay equality and that their jobs are classified appropriately. It is important that chiropractors are on par with health care providers that have similar amounts of training, scopes of practice and education. Dr. Overland said, “Our advocacy efforts have not only been aimed at getting DCs into federal health care programs such as the DoD’s, and expanding their presence there, but they also have been aimed at ensuring that DCs are provided with appropriate status, authority, salaries and other benefits equal to those enjoyed by comparable-level providers. This is a major step forward in this advocacy process. It demonstrates that Congress is not just interested in simple DC inclusion, but inclusion in the right way which fully recognizes the status, training and professional capabilities of a DC. Part of the ACA’s mission is to level the playing field down to every last detail.”

Last year, a bi-partisan letter was sent to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and signed by 15 members of the House Armed Services Committee. The letter requested the Department of Defense take action to correct the difference in wages of chiropractors within the Department of Defense. While this hasn’t happened yet, the committee report released this year is a positive sign that Congress will continue to support a chiropractic program within the Department of Defense.

According to the ACC President, Dr. Richard Brassard, “The Association of Chiropractic Colleges is gratified that the extensive education and training that doctors of chiropractic receive has been recognized and that appropriate compensation is vital.”

Chiropractors at ChiroCarolina® know that chiropractic care is an effective treatment tool for all kinds of medical issues. Having chiropractors recognized as being on par with other medical doctors validates the use of this valuable medical alternative in Charlotte, NC. Chiropractic care is an important part of the Department of Defense health plan. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Charlotte NC contact ChiroCarolina® today.

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